Fisherman jailed after knife attack

A fisherman left his boat armed with a knife to carry out a vicious attack on two men he suspected of terrorising his pregnant sister.

Jozef Ksiazek-Barrow, of Ballantrae, Ayrshire, had been drinking in a pub in nearby Girvan prior to going to the harbour.

But when he received a call to say that his sister had been attacked in her car he left to carry out the knife attacks which left his victims scarred for life.

At Ayr Sheriff Court last week the 23-year-old was jailed for 20 months for assaulting Alexander Waugh by striking him on the neck with a knife to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement, and for slashing John Mitchell in the face to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement.

The attacks took place in Girvan town centre on June 6 and were captured on CCTV.

Ksiazek-Barrow’s solicitor, Ian McLennan, said: “His younger sister, who was four and a half months pregnant, attended at the public house to pass on his fishing gear.

“She had been driven there by her boyfriend.

“At that stage the complainers attempted to gain access to the car.

“She was in the front seat and they pushed the front seat forward. She was terrified at this point.

“This information came to the attention of Mr Barrow on the fishing boat and it was at that stage he went back into Girvan to seek out the two men.

“He accepts that he took the knife - which was a working tool - from the fishing boat with him.”

Sheriff Desmond Leslie discounted the sentence from 30 months because of Ksiaszek-Barrow’s early guilty plea and told him: “If you go out looking for trouble armed with a knife then you have to take the consequences.”