Lancashire abattoir worker wounded colleague in money row

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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An abattoir worker has been found guilty of wounding a colleague with a knife in a row over money.

Rafal Popiol, 37, formerly of Daisy Meadow, Bamber Bridge, near Preston, attacked Mateusz Laniecki in his bed after he allegedly failed to pay him back.

Preston Crown Court heard he tied up his colleague with a belt then “jabbed him” with a knife in a row over £60.

The jury took less than a day to convict him.

The pair had been working together at Dunbia slaughterhouse in Bamber Bridge before the incident happened in December last year.

Armed with a knife in a sheath, Popiol was let into the victim’s flat by a fellow tenant and burst into his bedroom.

He used a belt to tie his victim’s arm behind his back and looped it around his neck, choking him.

While Mr Laniecki was restrained Popiol stamped on him and kneed him in the back before jabbing the knife in his arm.

The victim, who has returned to Poland, tried to grab the knife by the blade, suffering a small slice wound to his palm.

The victim managed to flee the flat and ran away in bare feet, with the belt still around him.

The sentence date is to be set.