Tuesday 21 November 2017

Man who punched his wife in 'disgraceful assault' given suspended sentence

Woman suffered a fracture to her cheek bone

The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin
The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin

By Declan Brennan & Nicola Donnelly

A Tipperary resident who attacked his then wife in what a judge called a “disgraceful assault,” has been given a two and a half years suspended sentence.

Mihail Lurescu (28) of Mitchel Street, Thurles pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to the woman at their former home in Dublin on July 17, 2013.

Judge Martin Nolan had placed Lurescu in custody for three weeks prior to sentencing him to consider his situation. He said he hoped that the time in custody would warn him about embarking on this type of behaviour again.

Garda Enda Muldoon told the judge that on speaking to the victim he did not believe jailing Lurescu would help the family. The couple, now legally separated, have a child.

The garda told Martina Baxter BL, prosecuting, that Lurescu began punching the woman to the head during a prolonged assault. Afterwards he told her to clean the blood off her face.

When she went to call gardaí he took her mobile phone and gave gardaí the address. He then said he was going to jail anyway and punched her a few more times in the head.

The woman suffered a fracture to her cheek bone and soft tissue bruising to her face. She was too terrified after the assault to go back to her apartment.

Asked by gardaí if he was sorry for his actions Lurescu said “a part of me is”. His ten previous convictions are for road traffic and non violent public order offences.

Keith Spencer BL, defending, said that his client had lost his temper on the night. He said that this was an isolated domestic incident and that his client’s ex-partner doesn’t want to see him go to prison.

Judge Nolan noted that it was accepted that Lurescu was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the assault but added that this is no excuse.

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