A POLISH man who was struck across the head with a meat mallet was lucky he didn’t sustain catastrophic
injuries, a court has heard.
Jacek Szszypka required treatment in hospital after he was struck three times by his ex-girlfriend during a row at his apartment in the city centre three years ago.
Magdalena Piekarczyk, aged 37, who has an address at Mount Kennett pleaded guilty to assaulting Mr Szszypka on July 14, 2011.
During a sentencing hearing, Garda Enda Moroney told Limerick Circuit Court gardai were alerted to the incident by Mr Piekarczyk’s flatmate at around 5.30pm.
When they arrived at the apartment, they found the injured man “covered in a substantial amount of blood, lying on a bed”.
Garda Moroney said it was subsequently established that Ms Piekarczyk, who has a young child with Mr Szszypka, called to the apartment the day before the incident looking for somewhere to stay.
He said on the morning of the assault, the accused and her ex-boyfriend drank a bottle of vodka and orange.
The court heard that neighbours told gardai they overheard the pair having a heated argument later in the day over their child.
Garda Moroney said Ms Piekarczyk hit Mr Szszypka three times with a timber mallet used for softening meat during the row before leaving the apartment.
The alarm was not raised for several hours and, according to Garda Moroney, the injured man had lost a lot of blood and was in and out of onsciousness when gardai arrived at the apartment.
Judge Carroll Moran was told Mr Szszypka had to be sedated on arrival at the then Mid Western Regional Hospital but that he discharged himself from hospital a number of hours later.
Following her arrest a week after the incident, Ms Piekarczyk initially claimed a Latvian woman had attacked her ex-partner. However, Garda Moroney said she later made admissions in relation to the assault.
Eimear Carey BL, defending, said her client, who has been living in Limerick for almost a decade, had a “very volatile and tempestuous” relationship with Mr Szszypka and she said the attack had happened in the “heat of the moment”.
Ms Carey said her client had used a kitchen utensil to hit Mr Szszypka which suggested the assault was not planned or premeditated.
Judge Moran was told the defendant had pleaded guilty to the offence even though the injured party had not turned up in court and cannot be
located by gardai.
The judge said the head is a sensitive part of the body and that catastrophic injuries could have been inflicted by Ms Piekarczyk.
He added that the defendant has had a “very sad life” and he commented that she has to address her drinking problems, which he said was not an excuse for her actions.
He imposed a two year prison sentence suspending it for two years on condition she stays out of trouble.