Man (44) pleads guilty to assault causing harm to his partner and her friend

By Brion Hoban

A Polish national attacked his partner and her friend after returning home drunk from a work function, a court has heard.

Remigivsu Piotrowski (44) was arrested by gardai following the assaults and headbutted the cage door of a garda van while being transported to a garda station.

Dublin Criminal Courts of Justice 2 October 2016

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

Piotrowski of Walkinstown Park,  pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to two women at his address on October 5, 2019.

He also pleaded guilty to resisting a peace officer at Walkinstown Park, and at Crumlin Rd, Crumlin, also on October 5, 2019. He has no previous convictions.

Garda David O’Driscoll told Antonia Boyle BL, prosecuting, that Beata Iwaska had been in a relationship with the defendant for six years and had moved to this country from Poland in order to live with him.

Garda O’Driscoll said that on the date in question, Ms Iwaska’s friend Monika Wilt was present in the house having stayed there the night before. While the defendant was out at a work function, Ms Iwaska invited a male friend of hers to join them in the house.

Piotrowski arrived home and demanded that the other man leave. Ms Iwaska was of the view that the defendant was drunk when he arrived home.

Once this man left, Piotrowski attacked Ms Iwaska. He pushed her onto a couch, punched her to the face and body and pulled her hair.

Ms Wilt attempted to intervene and pushed the defendant against a clothing rack. Piotrowski then punched her in the head and knocked her to the ground.

The assault ended when Piotrowski went upstairs and the women were able to leave the house. Gardai arrived and the women told them that Piotrowski was still in the house.

Five gardai entered the house to arrest Piotrowski, who became aggressive and lashed out at them before he was restrained and placed in handcuffs. En route to the garda station, Piotrowski continued to lash out and headbutted the cage door of the van while shouting at gardai.

Garda O’Driscoll agreed with Shaun Smyth BL, defending, that his client has complied with the terms of his bail to stay away from both of the women. He agreed Piotrowski is from Poland and has been living in Ireland for 12 years.

Mr Smyth said his client had been drinking vodka at the work function and the adverse effects of this led him to leave early. He said his client now attends weekly alcohol anonymous meetings and has enrolled in an anger management course.

Counsel said his client appears to have ceased the assault of his own volition and that he is “deeply ashamed” of the violence he inflicted. He said his client had €3,000 with him in court to offer to the victims.

Judge Karen O’Connor ordered a probation report and remarked that she had not ruled out a custodial sentence. She remanded Piotrowski on continuing bail and adjourned the matter for finalisation on March 22, next.

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