Nelson woman knifed man in neck


A Nelson woman who knifed her friend’s partner in the neck at her home could be facing a jail term.

Anna Marczuk-Franczak, a Polish national, had alleged to the police she only picked up the blade to defend herself.

She claimed she waved it around after victim Piotr Kolodziejski, she said, started hitting his girlfriend Magdalena Swistowksa and she had intervened, a court had earlier heard.

Burnley Crown Court had been told how Mr Kolodziejski had thought the defendant was attempting to stab him in the heart. The kitchen knife missed any arteries.

Mr Kolodziejski’s injury had at first been described by the Crown as “life-threatening” and a prosecutor had earlier told Pennine magistrates he had undergone surgery.

Marczuk- Franczak (39), of Elizabeth Street, had been accused of wounding Mr Kolodziejski with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm and assaulting Miss Swistowksa by beating.

She was cleared by the jury of the wounding with intent but was convicted of the lesser allegation of unlawful wounding.The defendant was found not guilty of assaulting Miss Swistowksa.

Marczuk- Franczak, represented by Mr Philip Holden, has spent time on remand.

She will be sentenced on March 18th at Preston Crown Court by Judge Jonathan Gibson, who warned her she could face a custodial sentence.