An electrician who tried to murder his ex-wife in a frenzied knife attack at her Woodplumpton home has been jailed for 18 years.
Paul Walerysiak, 52, drove to the house in Low Croft and set upon his ex partner Debbie, from whom he had been separated for 11 years, leaving her with a deep gash to her neck, which narrowly missed her jugular vein.
As Mrs Walerysiak screamed for help, a witness came in to the kitchen, interrupting the attacker and causing him to flee the scene.
Paul Walerysiak’ s car keys were found outside the back door of the bungalow.
However the weapon and a jacket worn by Walerysiak at the time of the attack were never recovered.
Throughout the week-long trial at Preston Crown Court, Walerysiak maintained both his ex-wife and the witness, who had known the attacker all his life, had been mistaken, insisting he was not responsible for Mrs Walerysiak’ s injuries.
Judge Stuart Baker, sentencing, ordered Walerysiak to spend 18 years in jail.