Husband elbowed wife in childcare row, a court heard
A husband elbowed, slapped and punched his wife during a row over childcare, a court heard.
Lukasz Rogalski pleaded guilty to assaulting his wife Katarzyna during an argument on Sunday, July 14 in Stone Road, Gloucester.
The city’s court heard the 30-year-old had been drinking that afternoon before the couple began to argue.
Prosecutor Janine Wood said Rogalski, now from Parkend Road in Gloucester, had admitted and apologised for the attack in a Facebook post.
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It stated: “I have broken the law and I won’t forgive myself.”
In a victim impact statement, she said: “I am scared and in pain. The marriage is over.
“I need to sort the house out because I don’t want to live with him anymore.”
The court was told Rogalski had no previous convictions and had moved from Poland 12 months ago.
Defending Lloyd Jenkins said the nightshift worker in a fish factory was ashamed of himself.
He told the court: “She has since moved in with another man.
“There were issues in their relationship.
“He worked long 12 hour shifts and was also looking after the children.
“She woke him up that day and there was an argument in the heat of the moment.
“He elbowed her, slapped her twice and grabbed her.”
Judge Jamie Tabor QC told him 90 to 95 per cent of the domestic violence cases he saw started with the man drinking.
He said: “This should be a lesson to you. If you drink you may become violent and you must guard yourself against it.
“There had been no trouble before and I will treat this as a one off.”
He was fined £300 and ordered to pay his former wife £250 compensation.