Friday 22 September 2017

Man attempted to strangle his girlfriend following night out

(Stock picture)
(Stock picture)

Andrew Phelan

A man "rained blows" on his girlfriend and tried to strangle her when she returned home after a night out with friends.

Patrick Apitz (38) subjected her to such a "savage attack" that she was unable to sleep properly for six months, a court was told.

After the attack, the couple - who worked together - split up, but Apitz repeatedly tried to contact the woman.

German-born Apitz, who at the time of the attack lived in Rafter's Road, Drimnagh, admitted assaulting the woman, causing her harm, on August 13 last year.

Dublin District Court heard that when the victim returned home, Apitz pushed her to the floor a number of times.

He also attempted to strangle her.

She suffered visible bruising and a black eye. Judge Anthony Halpin, who was shown photos of the injuries, said they were "very nasty".

Depression

In her statement, the victim said she was being treated for anxiety and depression and had to leave her old job.

She also had to change her phone number because the accused continued to try to contact her, she said.

Apitz, who had no previous convictions, came to Ireland to work in customer services with a delivery firm, which is where he met the victim.

On the night of the attack, they had an argument and went out separately.

Tensions were running high when the victim returned, and Apitz had been taking unprescribed medication, said his lawyer.

He had "no real intention of causing her harm".

However, Judge Halpin said: "There was a rain of blows here. This young lady was savagely attacked by this person."

Judge Halpin ordered Apitz to pay €5,000 and said he would consider leaving him without a criminal record.

The case was adjourned.

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