Man convicted after knife attack against friend and pushing wife down stairs

Tomas Turuta.
Tomas Turuta.
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A man faces deportation after being convicted of a knife attack which left his victim needing seven stitches.

Tomas Turuta used the weapon on a friend who told him to calm down following an incident in which Turuta pushed his own wife down a flight of stairs.

A jury at Lincoln Crown Court was told that Turuta had been drinking and became upset when his wife talked about divorcing him ending a 15 year relationship.

James Bide-Thomas, prosecuting, said that Turuta pushed his wife when she was going down the stairs on her way outside the property to smoke.

Outside a friend of Turuta suggested that he should calm down but Turuta produced a kitchen knife and slashed at him. Both of the victim’s hands were cut which resulted in him having to receive stitches.

Turuta, 33, of Almond Close, Grantham, denied charges of wounding with intent and assault by beating as a result of the incident on the night of January 28-29. He was cleared of wounding with intent but convicted of the lesser charge of unlawful wounding.

Turuta was also found guilty of assault by beating along with a further charge of assaulting his wife in a separate incident earlier in the same month.

He was today jailed for a total of two years.

Andrew Howarth, defending, said Turuta faces deportation back to Lithuania if he received any jail sentence longer than 12 months.