Duo face prison for ‘horrific & unprovoked’ assault

Szymon Nofinski and Dawid Siepsiak pleaded guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court. Picture: Toby Williams
Szymon Nofinski and Dawid Siepsiak pleaded guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court. Picture: Toby Williams
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TWO thugs who battered a complete stranger during a birthday night out are facing 
a jail sentence.

Szymon Nofinski and Dawid Siepsiak attacked Graeme Stevenson after he had asked the pair to stop damaging his 
father’s car.

Mr Stevenson, 43, was at his parents’ home when a five-strong gang began banging on the pensioner’s vehicle outside the family home in Dunbar.

His concerned father rushed out to confront the yobs but was met with abusive and verbal insults.

Mr Stevenson also ran out to help, but was left with severe injuries after Nofinski – who had been celebrating his 31st birthday that night – and Siepsiak turned on him.

He said: “I ran downstairs and saw my dad involved in some kind of incident with a group of men. There were five of them shouting at my 78-year-old dad, but there was no way I was going to let them treat him in that way. But then two of them just turned on me.

“I took some really heavy blows but I was determined not to go down as who knows what would have happened if I had.

“It was a horrific and totally unprovoked attack on me and I am still feeling the effects of the assault one year on. I suffered a fractured eye socket and cheekbone and have had to have titanium plates put into my cheek.”

Nofinski, from Albion Gardens, and Siepsiak, from Hawkhill Close, were part of the gang and both men pleaded guilty to assault at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

Nofinski, 31, and Siepsiak, 32, admitted an amended charge of repeatedly punching Mr Stevenson on the head and body, striking him on the body with their knees, all to his severe injury, in Dunbar on May 31 last year.

Sheriff Kenneth Maciver deferred sentence to June 30.

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