Sunday 18 March 2018

Man avoids jail after imprisoning and assaulting a woman he met online

Renalds Kosmacovs (34) received an 18-month suspended sentence
Renalds Kosmacovs (34) received an 18-month suspended sentence

Declan Brennan

A man who admitted imprisoning and assaulting a woman he met on an online dating site has received an 18 months suspended sentence.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Renalds Kosmacovs (34) claimed to gardai he refused to let the victim leave his home because he wanted her to sober up and was afraid what people would think.

Kosmacovs of Yellows Meadows Drive, Clondalkin pleaded guilty to assaulting and falsely imprisoning the woman at that address on November 21, 2011. He has seven previous convictions for public order and road traffic offences.

Garda Stephen Donegan said that Kosmacovs and the victim were both Latvian Russian and had met on a Russian dating website.

They had gone on a few dates and on the night in question they went back to his home, which was a chalet style shed in the back garden of a Russian family’s home.

There was a small party with both drinking vodka and the woman stayed there that night in the man's bed. The next morning the pair began drinking heavily again along with the other people in the family home.

The court heard the woman went to bed in her underwear at noon but was awoken at 3pm and to find Kosmacovs trying to kiss her.

The victim later told gardai that she felt threatened because the man had locked the door in the chalet and told her he would not let her go.

He was pushing her and hurt her by grabbing both her arms very tightly. She said he told her he wanted the best for her and wanted her to sober up before leaving.

She said she tried to break a window with a chair but he stopped her and slapped her face. The woman managed to get out and neighbours came to help. They later told gardai Kosmacovs was very drunk and was talking gibberish.

When gardai arrived at 8.45 that evening the victim appeared dishevelled and intoxicated.

Kosmacovs later admitted keeping her against her will and grabbing her. He told gardai he was concerned the people in the house would think badly of him if she left in the state she was in. He claimed he only held the woman inside the shed for half an hour.

The court heard the woman has been traumatised by the attack and suffered nightmares afterwards.

Counsel for Kosmacovs said his client wishes to apologise to the victim, who was not in court.

Judge Patricia Ryan said she had taken into account Kosmacovs’ apology, his admissions and early plea. She suspended the 18 months sentence for two years and ordered that Kosmacovs undergo probation supervision.

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