Man held knife to ex partner’s throat during siege in Leeds

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A MAN who held a knife to his former partner’s throat during a two-hour stand off with police has been jailed for two years.

Police negotiators had to be called and officers eventually had to rush into a house in Beeston, Leeds, to overpower Krzystof Gruszecki before he could cause further injury to the victim.

“Those children were plainly distressed and frightened. They heard their mother screaming.”

Leeds Crown Court heard Gruszecki, 35, attacked the woman in front of her twin seven-year-old children on September 17 this year.

Gruszecki went round to the property on Cross Flatts Terrace despite the eight-year relationship being over.

Carmel Pearson, prosecuting, said the children answered the door to Gruszecki and they told their mother that daddy was home.

Gruszecki then forced his way inside and punched the woman repeatedly to the floor.

The woman was able to get to her feet and call to a neighbour who called police and managed to get the children out of the house. Gruszecki continued to punch the woman in the face before getting a knife from the kitchen. He then took her to the top of the stairs and held the weapon to her throat.

Neighbours tried to reason with Gruszecki until police arrived.

Miss Pearson said: “The police even employed the services of a police negotiator hoping that he could be persuaded to release the knife and also the victim.

“That did not work and the police eventually took matters into their own hands and managed to overpower him.”

Gruszecki pleaded guilty to false imprisonment. Natalie Banks, mitigating, said Gruszecki was sorry for what he had done and accepted that he would be jailed. The court heard Gruszecki told probation officers after the incident that the girls would not have been affected by the incident.

Judge Penelope Belcher said: “Those children were plainly distressed and frightened. They heard their mother screaming. The person they regarded as their father was seen by them punching their mother. The suggestion that those children would not have suffered is a complete nonsense.”