Heroes helped tackle violent knife attacker
A MAN who attacked his elderly relative at a house in Long Eaton has been jailed for ten years.
Damian Niedzwiecki was spotted carrying knives in Howard Street on the night of Friday, July 13.
People living nearby called police and when officers arrived they saw him go in to a house on the street. They followed him, forcing their way in when he tried to stop them.
Police found the female victim lying injured on the floor inside and the officers disarmed Niedzwiecki.
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The 25-year-old of Breedon Street, Long Eaton, was sentenced at Derby Crown Court on Monday November 12 after pleading guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
He was also given two years concurrent for each of three offences of having a knife in public.
Judge Andrew Hamilton also gave Niedzwiecki a restraining order to protect the victim and offered rewards of £250 to three men who helped police on the night of the attack.
The trio raised the alarm and helped officers get inside the house. The woman was left with facial injuries, including cuts and bruises, and a broken finger, the court was told.
The case was investigated by Operation Diamond, a specialist team of detectives set up by Derbyshire Police to solve serious violent crimes.
Detective Constable Ian Blakeley said: "The attack left the elderly victim very shaken and upset.
"She suffered a cut to her cheek that needed stitches and was covered in bruises.
"The men who tried valiantly to intervene should be commended for their efforts.
"They saw her lying in the living room and tried to get into the house but they were confronted by Niedzwiecki.
"One man called the police and when officers arrived, helped them to force the front door open."
"I'm pleased with this sentencing.
"It reflects the very serious nature of this crime."