CPS to review party 'stabbing'
A MAN has admitted stabbing a friend during a drunken New Year's Eve party in Cullompton.
Lithuanian Tomas Buizys, 37, knifed fellow countryman Dangis Bulianuscas at the celebration being held at his home, Exeter Crown Court was told.
Judge Phillip Wassall ordered a pre-sentence report and remanded Buizys in custody.
He also ordered the Crown Prosecution Service to review the case to decide if there was enough evidence to charge Buizys with the more serious charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
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Buizys, of Hillcrest, Cullompton, admitted wounding when he appeared at Exeter Magistrates on January 2 and the case was committed to the crown court for sentence.
Nick Bradley, defending, asked for an adjournment so further inquiries could be carried out to establish the exact circumstances of the offence.
He said that the victim had not given a statement to the police and might be able to assist the court and the defendant.
"The other witness statements are silent on the causation of the injury. There is a reference to the victim trying to disarm the defendant, who had a knife in his hand," Mr Bradley added.
"This looks as if it is an unlawful wounding caused during an incident in which Buizys armed himself with a weapon and the other man was trying to disarm him."
David Bowen, prosecuting, said Mr Bulianuscas had chosen not to make a statement to police but other people had seen the stabbing.