Migrant worker facing jail after clash with ex-wife’s partner

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A MIGRANT worker struck his ex-wife’s partner with a chair and threatened him with a knife when trouble erupted in Langwith Junction.

Dariusz Drozdz (46), now of Arundel Drive, Mansfield, could be locked up following the fracas, Chesterfield magistrates were told on Monday

Prosecutor Jonathan Cattell said Drozdz had a heated argument with Slawomir Guzdziol on 17th June when he lived at Mr Guzdziol’s home on Eland Road, Langwith Junction.

Mr Guzdziol told police Drozdz swung a wooden chair towards his face and he blocked it with his arm. Drozdz picked up another chair and again hit him on the arm, causing minor injuries.

“He then went into the kitchen and picked up a knife and threatened the complainant with it. Children and the complainant’s partner were in the general vicinity,” said Mr Cattell.

Drozdz admitted assault and had no previous convictions. The bench committed him for sentence at Derby Crown Court on 31st August and ordered probation service reports.

“He is separated from his wife and living with his new partner. His ex-wife was living at the same address with her partner.

“If that’s not a recipe for disaster I don’t know what is,” said Bob Bashforth, for Dozdz.

Mr Bashforth said the row blew up over contributions to household bills and missing money, and he alleged that Mr Guzdziol had provoked Dozdz.

“He swung a chair at the complainant. The second chair was held lion-tamer fashion and was jabbed towards his abdomen.

“The complainant and his partner retreated upstairs. The defendant was downstairs when the threats were made and not within striking distance of them,” said Mr Bashforth, adding that the two families no longer lived together.