Knife victim still a friend of drunken attacker
A FARM worker has been jailed for a horrific knife attack at a New Year's Eve party which left a friend with part of his gut hanging out of his body.
Tomas Buizys armed himself with the kitchen knife when a drunken family row flared into violence and he slashed his best friend who was trying to calm him down.
Lithuanian-born Buizys caused a gaping wound in victim Dangis Bulianuscas's side and horrified party guests called an ambulance when they saw part of his intestine sticking out.
The injured man initially did not want to go to hospital and even after being treated he refused to make a complaint to the police about his compatriot, claiming the stabbing had been an accident.
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Buizys, aged 37, of Hillcrest, Cullompton, admitted wounding and was jailed for 20 months by Judge Phillip Wassall at Exeter Crown Court.
The judge told him: "You were in a highly emotional state, substantially affected by drink and in a heightened state of aggression when you flailed around with this knife.
"One of the witnesses saw part of the victim's body protruding from it and the medical report says a small section of punctured bowel had to be repaired.
"I accept this was reckless brandishing of the knife and there was no specific intent to cause injury. You were drunk and out of control.
"It is a matter of luck rather than judgment that the injury did not have fatal results. There is great public concern about people using knives as weapons in dangerous situations like this."
Mr Alex Allsop, prosecuting, said Buizys, his partner, and her two grown-up children were celebrating the New Year with friends and had been drinking before a family argument broke out shortly after midnight.
Mr Bulianuscas, who was there as a close friend and guest, intervened to calm Buizys down. They went into the kitchen but Buizys grabbed a knife and was waving it around in an agitated manner when the stabbing happened.
Mr Nick Bradley, defending, said it was a case of drunken recklessness and the victim remains a close friend and does not want Buizys to go to jail.
He said Buizys is a farm worker whose wages support himself, his partner, her two adult children and ten-year-old son.
He said the argument started because Buizys was unhappy about supporting the two older children who were of working age but did not have jobs.