Drunk jailed after victim stabbed 30 times in bank card row

Slawomir Lipinski
Slawomir Lipinski
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A DRUNK who stabbed a man 30 times during a vodka-fuelled murder bid has been jailed for nine years.

Slawomir Lipinski, 36, attempted to murder Martin Komosinski during an attack at the accused’s flat in Edinburgh’s Duke Street on February last year.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard Lipinski believed Mr Komosinski had stolen his bank card and caused the supermarket cleaner to push his victim on the face before knocking him onto the floor.

He then repeatedly punched Mr Komosinski before striking him numerous times with a knife.

When police officers arrested Lipinski, he told them: “I wasn’t trying to kill him, for sure, no way. Not attempted murder.”

Defence solicitor advocate Euan Roy told judge Lord Pentland that his client struggled with accepting that he was capable of inflicting such violence whilst drunk.

However, Lord Pentland told Lipinski, who earlier pleaded guilty to attempted murder, that he had no other option but to send him to prison.

He added: “You have accepted that the attack was a murderous one. It was indeed an attack in which you displayed extreme violence because your victim was found to have more than 30 stab wounds on his body.

“He was fortunate to have survived such a vicious and sustained onslaught. The fact that you were drunk is no excuse at all for what you did.”

Lipinski appeared in court after sentence had been deferred for reports after proceedings in August 2017.

Prosecution lawyer Owen Mullan said Lipinski, the victim and another man had been at Lipinski’s flat and had drunk “a large amount of vodka”.

A flatmate of the accused was later wakened by the sound of a disturbance. The man heard Lipinski shout: “You tried to rob me”.

Mr Mullan said the flatmate found Lipinski having trouble getting to his feet as he was so intoxicated and saw Mr Komosinki lying face down on the floor. The 28-year-old victim was moving his arms but wasn’t saying anything.

Lipinski began shouting at the stricken man and accused him of trying to steal from him. The flatmate then realised there was blood on the kitchen floor coming from Mr Komosinski.

Police later arrived and arrested Lipinski.

Passing sentence Lord Pentland said that he had no other option but to send Lipinski to jail since a weapon was used.