Sunday 17 November 2019

Dad 'saw red and simply lost it' when he kicked ex-partner in lengthy assault

Monday 24 July 2017. Swords DC: Raivo Kukainis, Southbank in Swords Assault
Monday 24 July 2017. Swords DC: Raivo Kukainis, Southbank in Swords Assault
Eimear Cotter

Eimear Cotter

A MAN who kicked his former partner and pulled her to the ground "saw red" and was trying to throw her out of his house when he attacked her.

Raivo Kukainis (33) assaulted the victim for a considerable period of time in an attack that was captured on her mobile phone.

He apologised for his behaviour, claiming he "simply lost it".

Judge Dermot Dempsey ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to October.

The judge further ordered Kukainis to pay €1,000 compensation to the woman.

Kukainis admitted before Swords District Court to seriously assaulting his ex-partner at his home at Southbank, Swords, last November 3.

Gda Miriam O'Donovan said the victim was very shaken and upset when she called in to Swords Garda Station.

Gda O'Donovan said the victim had been involved in a domestic dispute with the defendant and he had kicked and pulled her to the floor.


She was left with heavy bruising along her left arm and buttocks following the assault.

The court heard that Kukainis had never been in trouble before.

Defence lawyer Patrick Jackson said the defendant and his former partner were together for more than five years, lived together for three and have one child.

Mr Jackson said Kukainis, who has always worked, completely regrets the incident and has no issues with drink or drugs.

Mr Jackson handed in a note to the judge explaining the reason for the assault.

Judge Dempsey asked Gda O'Donovan if she was aware of the reason, and she said she was only aware the relationship was coming to an end.

Mr Jackson said Kukainis "saw red" and "simply lost it".

Ordering a probation report, Judge Dempsey asked gardai to verify if the allegation that Kukainis made about his former partner was true.


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