A judge has issued police with a European Arrest Warrant in their hunt for a second man who has fled the country to avoid being jailed for an horrific knife attack in Bradford.

Remigiusz Klata, 26, of Seaton Street, Barkerend, Bradford, was due to be sentenced for a section 18 wounding with intent at Bradford Crown Court yesterday.

But the court was told he was believed to have fled bail to his native Poland having already admitted his part in the unprovoked attack on fellow countryman Artur Wojtowicz.

Mr Wojtowicz suffered multiple stab wounds to his shoulder and hand and was also struck by a bottle in a two-hour orgy of violence at his home in Newforth Grove, Bowling, Bradford, on February 17, 2007.

The men had arrived at the victim’s house on the pretence of getting together for a friendly drink.

After he had been stabbed with a kitchen knife, Mr Wojtowicz was urinated on by his attackers in a final act of indignity.

Rafal Kamil Krajewski, 31, then of Manningham Lane, Bradford, and Grzegorz Holubowicz, 29, of Parsonage Road, Tyersal, Bradford, were jailed for a total of 16 years at Bradford Crown Court last month. Sentencing went ahead in the absence of Krajewski, who is also on the run – again believed to be somewhere in Poland, after he skipped court bail last Christmas.

Once caught he faces nine years in prison.

At yesterday’s hearing, the court was told that absent accomplice Klata had previously pleaded guilty to attacking Mr Wojtowicz.

Recorder Jonathan Sandiford adjourned sentencing to the first available date after November 1 to give police more time to try to recapture Klata, as well as the missing Krajewski.

After the court hearing, a West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Anyone who knows where these men may be should contact the police immediately.

“Obviously this was a particularly nasty attack and justice needs to be served.”

Anyone with any information about the whereabouts of the two fugitives, should call Bradford South Police on 0845 6060606 or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.