Monday 22 December 2014

Man who tried to kill his wife with kettle bell given 15-year sentence

Niamh O'Donoghue

Published 22/07/2014 | 02:30

Ouachek was arrested in Germany on February 19, 2013, and was extradited back to Ireland the following month
Ouachek was arrested in Germany on February 19, 2013, and was extradited back to Ireland the following month

A MAN who attempted to murder his wife by bludgeoning her in the head with a kettle bell has been sentenced to 15 years in prison with three suspended.

Lounes Ouachek (44), of St Dominic's Terrace, Tallaght, Dublin, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the attempted murder of Ruta Ouachek (35) at that address on August 23, 2012.

The court was told that the couple's marriage broke down after he lost his job and Ms Ouachek began an engineering degree.

Ouachek, who was a "devout Muslim", was "unhappy about the path she was going on," the court heard.

Mr Justice Paul Carney described the crime as "callous and brutal in nature" and noted that Ouachek fled the scene afterwards.

The court heard that after he tried to kill his wife, Ouachek left the house, pulled the blinds and locked the door before driving her car to Dublin Airport.

He flew to Tunisia via Paris without telling anyone as his wife lay injured in a pool of blood for nine hours.

Ms Ouachek, who is originally from Lithuania, was later found lying unconscious on the bathroom floor of her home in St Dominic's Terrace after a neighbour, who collected her daughter from creche that evening, alerted gardai.

She later said she believed her husband was going to kill her, that she had screamed for help and that "the more I shouted the more he hit me".

Ms Ouachek continues to suffer both physically and psychologically as a result of the attempted murder.

UCD has restructured Ms Ouachek's degree so she can continue with her studies.

"My life lacks stability and certainty. I have lost confidence in myself and the world," she said in a victim impact statement, which was read to the court on her behalf.

Ouachek was arrested in Germany on February 19, 2013, and was extradited back to Ireland the following month.

When charged, Ouachek told gardai: "I didn't mean to do that, it was an accident."

Mr Justice Carney told the court that he was taking account of Ouachek's guilty plea, his lack of previous convictions, and noted that he was a foreign national originally from Algeria.

He ordered that the sentence be backdated to February 14, 2013, for time spent in custody.

The judge also ordered him to keep away from his wife, and undergo 18 months of post-release supervision.

Irish Independent

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