Sheffield man jailed for attacking friend with ornaments

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A problem drinker from Sheffield has been jailed for 13 months for hitting a friend over the head with two ornaments during a row.

Maksym Yavorksi, aged 34, of Dunninc Road, Shiregreen, had known Steven Goddard for about four months and the pair spent days drinking together.

But Yavorksi held his pal responsible for calling the police about him after an argument with his girlfriend, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

He went to Mr Goddard’s home and asked him why he had called the police, then calmed down and the pair began drinking again.

The next day they met up and Yavorski dropped a £20 note on the floor and demanded Mr Goddard pick it up, said Angela Wrottesley, prosecuting.

When he refused Yavorski pushed his friend into a door ‘to teach him a lesson’ before they bought some more drink and went to Mr Goddard’s home.

Mr Goddard told police that they were sat in his living room listening to music when he felt a blow to the top of his head.

He said Yavorksi ‘went crazy’ and first used a pot vase and then a figurine to attack him.

Yavorksi ripped the glass top off a coffee table and shouted and screamed at Mr Goddard, the court heard.

“It was as if something had taken hold of him, he was just out of it,” said the victim, who ran out of his flat to call for help.

He suffered an open wound to his head, cuts and bruises to his face and had to be treated at hospital for concussion.

When interviewed by police Yavorski claimed somebody else had hit his friend over the head with a bottle while he was out.

The court heard Yavorksi has a criminal record dating back to 2005 with offences for drink-driving, assaults and possessing a prohibited weapon.

He admitted unlawful wounding on May 15 last year.

Rebecca Tanner, defending, said the offence was not pre-meditated.

“They drank with each other for a protracted time and knew each other well,” she said.

“My client had difficulty recalling what went on although he recognises he lost his self-control.”

Jailing Yavorksi, Judge Michael Murphy said: “This was a serious assault, it’s not your first serious assault.

“You are quite an intelligent man and must realise in your sober state while remanded in custody that you are a problem drinker.

“When you are not in drink you are capable of being a perfectly normal member of society but this was a protracted assault and the court cannot overlook it.”