A JUDGE sentenced a man to four months in prison and said courts treat domestic violence seriously because it is “so prevalent in Northern Ireland”.
District Judge Liam McNally was speaking at Coleraine Magistrates Court this week where he jailed Przemyslaw Mariusz Ras (37), of Hopefield Gardens in Portrush.
The defendant assaulted his partner in November last year after a row developed when the glass plate of a new microwave was broken.
Police received a 999 call at 10.30pm on the date in question from the defendant’s partner saying he had punched her in the face leaving a cut on the bridge of her nose and swelling.
When interviewed by police, the defendant admitted assault and said he was “ashamed”.
A defence solicitor said an argument had broken out after the microwave incident and “red mist” had descended.
Judge McNally noted the defendant had previously assaulted his partner in 2015 and despite being given Probation and not sent to prison then it had not stopped Ras re-offending.
The judge said: “It’s often said that courts treat issues of domestic violence seriously. The reason they do that is because it’s so prevalent and so frequent in Northern Ireland”.
He said courts will not tolerate repeated incidents of domestic violence and said people who “strike out” at their partners must expect to go to jail.
The defendant was released on £500 bail pending appeal.