Teen gets seven years for attacking lorry driver outside Witney nightclub

Witney Gazette: Rafal Czekalinski Rafal Czekalinski

A LORRY driver was left with a fractured arm and broken teeth after a “completely unprovoked attack” outside a Witney nightclub.

Rafal Czekalinski, of The Willows, Witney, is starting a seven-year jail sentence after he admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

The 19-year-old headbutted, kicked and punched Simon MacDonald on April 7 outside the now-closed iZi nightclub in Market Square, Witney.

Cathy Olliver, prosecuting, said Czekalinski attacked his victim after the 37-year-old asked him why he had tried to close a door on him.

She said this led to the Pole’s “completely unprovoked attack”, in which he headbutted Mr MacDonald to the ground before kneeing, punching and kicking him repeatedly.

Miss Olliver said the teenager then left his victim lying outside, where he was found by bar staff, who called an ambulance.

Judge Gordon Risius said Mr MacDonald was taken to Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital and was in pain for several weeks.

He said the lorry driver had his teeth capped and had to take eight weeks’ unpaid leave at a cost of £4,000.

Adrian Amer, defending, said the attack was totally out of character for his client, who has no previous criminal convictions.

He said: “It was an unprovoked attack, and there is no way anyone can get around it.

“His excuse is, his reason is, that he consumed a large quantity of alcohol throughout the night.

“His loss of temper was extremely impulsive, was sudden and was for no good reason.

“He is at a loss to know or understand why he acted in that way.”

Mr Amer added that since the attack his client has “kept himself to himself” and not gone out drinking.

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He also said that since arriving in the UK, Czekalinski had worked hard in a factory to support himself and his partner.

But Judge Risius said the barrister’s request for a suspended sentence was unrealistic.

He said to the defendant: “Mr MacDonald had to take eight weeks off work, he lost nearly £4,000 in wages, he suffered extra expense and he risked losing his job.

“All because you were not in control of yourself that evening.

“Serve your sentence and then with your partner make something of your life so this wholly regrettable episode can be a memory.”

He sentenced Czekalinski to seven years in prison with a £120 victims’ surcharge.

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1:12pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Neonlights says...

So, Rafal isn't originally from the UK?

Instead of letting the taxpayer fund his prison sentence, send the violent bugger back home if he can't handle his drink.

Why should we fork out for him, or anyone else come to that matter who aren't UK citizens?
So, Rafal isn't originally from the UK? Instead of letting the taxpayer fund his prison sentence, send the violent bugger back home if he can't handle his drink. Why should we fork out for him, or anyone else come to that matter who aren't UK citizens? Neonlights

4:45pm Wed 11 Dec 13

hammerthebarstewards says...

Of course he will be deported when his sentence is completed, won't he?
I would not want to have a bet on that happening - but of course it should.
Why should we have to put up with foreign criminals commiting crimes here?
Of course he will be deported when his sentence is completed, won't he? I would not want to have a bet on that happening - but of course it should. Why should we have to put up with foreign criminals commiting crimes here? hammerthebarstewards

5:13pm Wed 11 Dec 13

colinharry says...

7 years?? WOW a proper sentance at last
7 years?? WOW a proper sentance at last colinharry

9:29pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Englishman says...

Bet it won't be long before some do-gooder spouts that his sentence is to severe.
Bet it won't be long before some do-gooder spouts that his sentence is to severe. Englishman

11:27am Thu 12 Dec 13

Simanji says...

Well done Judge Gordon Risius for seeing this violent crime for what it is. Sentence was justified!
We should ALL be able to enjoy a fun, safe night out without being attacked. I for one am glad this violent individual is locked up.
Well done Judge Gordon Risius for seeing this violent crime for what it is. Sentence was justified! We should ALL be able to enjoy a fun, safe night out without being attacked. I for one am glad this violent individual is locked up. Simanji

9:32pm Thu 12 Dec 13

dave from witney says...

Hopefully by the time he is released, common sense will have been restored to the country and the open borders bestowed on us by Tony Blair, will be firmly locked.
Hopefully by the time he is released, common sense will have been restored to the country and the open borders bestowed on us by Tony Blair, will be firmly locked. dave from witney

2:17pm Mon 16 Dec 13

jennie65 says...

he should be immediately deported to serve his sentence at the expense of Poland. but I bet he will be allowed to stay even after he has served his sentence, commit a crime and they should be expelled.
he should be immediately deported to serve his sentence at the expense of Poland. but I bet he will be allowed to stay even after he has served his sentence, commit a crime and they should be expelled. jennie65

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