A spurned husband who drunkenly carjacked a man at knifepoint after finding out his wife was having an affair has been given two years and six months in a young offender’s institute.
Preston Crown Court heard Polish national Michael Czosnek, 20, of Somerset Road, Preston, had come to the city a few months earlier with his childhood sweetheart to “better himself.”
But on August 4 the couple rowed.
Prosecuting, Sue Carter said Czosnek left the house, drunk, with a large kitchen knife.
She said: “The defendant was on Argyll Street, Deepdale, at 8.40pm, when it was still daylight.
“A motorist, Mr Mujahid, had the misfortune to be driving away from his home address. He saw the defendant staggering into the road.
“He slowed down to let him cross but he approached the car, and before Mr Mujahid could lock the door the defendant produced a large knife which he then proceeded to wave around, shouting for him to get out.”
Czosnek then stole the car, and £40 cash from inside.
He was next seen by a police officer on the M6 motorway on the hard shoulder trying to fix the car after losing a wheel.
He fled the scene but was arrested after a short police chase.
Czosnek pleaded guilty to robbery, taking a vehicle without authority and possession of an offensive weapon.
The court heard the victim, who has three toddlers, said he had suffered a big financial loss when the car was stolen, and had suffered health problems.
Judge Recorder Crawford said: “ You, in drink, forced him out of his car by threatening him.
“You took the car onto the motorway where there was a mishap with the tyre which led to you being apprehended by police.
“In an impact statement the victim said his children had been upset, that he suffered financial loss and that his health has deteriorated. All these things have happened due to your behaviour in drink.
“On the positive side I have given you credit for your good character and for the fact this matter was not planned and I also recognise that you had an awful argument with your wife which involved her having a relationship with somebody else.”
“But this type of behaviour cannot be tolerated in a civilised society.”