Defendant jailed for striking partner

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The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

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A 34-year-old man, who was observed punching his partner by a child, has been imprisoned for four months.

Appearing via video-link from Maghaberry, the case of Atanas Kazakov, of Carrickvale Manor, Lurgan, was heard at Craigavon Courthouse sitting on Friday, January 21.

The court heard that on October 24 last year, police were tasked to a house in Lurgan after a child reported that his uncle was hitting his wife.

On police arrival, the defendant was in the property with the victim upstairs and she said that Kazakov consumed alcohol, entered the bedroom and punched her twice to the head.

The injured party suffered bruising and swelling to the side of the head due to the punches.

In his defence, the court was told that Kazakov “had no excuses” for his behaviour and he’s learned a lesson by already spending the maximum time in custody for the offence. It was further stated that the injured party didn’t make a statement of complaint in regards to the offence.

District Judge Bernie Kelly said: “There is no excuse for assaulting your partner...it is reprehensible behaviour and you’ve already spent a considerable time in custody.

“I’m not ordering a pre-sentence report because that would only add further delay in the sentencing exercise.”

The Judge imposed a four-month custodial offence for the charge of common assault.

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