Tuesday 16 January 2018

Man tried to murder wife with hammer

Andrzej Benko at Dublin Central Criminal Court. Picture: Collins Courts
Andrzej Benko at Dublin Central Criminal Court. Picture: Collins Courts
Andrzej Benko

Natasha Reid

A man has been found guilty of attempting to murder his sleeping wife by hitting her over her head with a hammer on the morning of her birthday.

Andrzej Benko (42) had admitted hitting Joanna Benko's head with a lump hammer at least three times. However, he had pleaded not guilty to her attempted murder on July 5, 2010.

The four-day trial heard that Mrs Benko is now confined to a wheelchair most of the time.

The Central Criminal Court heard that the couple had been having marital problems.

Despite their difficulties, he went out and bought her 10 red roses on the morning of her 32nd birthday. However, he said she was in a deep sleep and didn't wake when he tried to talk to her on his return. He said he was disappointed.

He saw a lump hammer while looking for a vase for the flowers and thought about hitting her with it. He carried the hammer upstairs and hit her with it three times.

After the assault, Benko got into his car and drove the short journey to Blanchardstown garda station, calling the emergency services on the way.

The jury took two hours and 40 minutes to reach a unanimous verdict of guilty.

Remy Farrell, defending, asked Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy to remand his client on continuing bail. The State opposed bail and the judge refused Mr Farrell's application. He remanded him in custody for sentencing on April 7.

Irish Independent

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