Husband awaits fate after wife beating

A HUSBAND is today waiting to see if he faces a spell in custody after beating his wife and driving his car while drunk.

Naomi Cassidy

A HUSBAND is today waiting to see if he faces a spell in custody after beating his wife and driving his car while drunk.

At South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court on Wednesday Mariusz Lipinkski, 37, admitted assaulting his wife, whom he had just separated from, and driving his car while three times the legal drink limit on October 20 last year.

Prosecuting, Andrea Reynolds told the court that Lipinkski arranged for his wife to meet him at Tacket Street car park in Ipswich so that he could give her a laptop to contact her family in Poland.

It was heard that the couple had been married for 15 years before separating the week before the incident.

Ms Reynolds said: “He arrived in his Audi A6 and she said he was clearly very drunk. He pulled up beside her, opened the door and pulled her by the neck and got her into the car.

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“He said he would kill her if she did not go back to him.”

The court then heard how he proceeded to grab her round the neck and by the hair.

Her screams were heard by two passer-bys who went over to the car and saw her being held over his lap.

It was heard how she was screaming “help me” and when an attempt to open the door failed, one of them reached through a gap in the window and opened the door.

After some struggling Lipinkski, of Siloam Place, Ipswich, eventually released her and she told her rescuers to call the police.

Officers located his car in Duke Street later that day and found that he had been drinking.

Although he claimed he had bought the alcohol from Tesco and drank it away from the car, they found a bottle in the car.

The court heard how he was breathalysed, which showed he had 118mgs of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mgs.

It was also heard that he was in breach of a conditional discharge for assault charges at the time of the offence.

Mitigating on his behalf, Raphael Pigott, said: “His wife is looking for a way forward in that relationship.”

The case was adjourned until March 11 for a pre-sentence report to be completed.

He was given an interim disqualification from driving until his next court appearance.

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