A convicted murderer who attacked his wife at their home in West Cork has received a suspended sentence.
Marius Rucinskas was handed an 18-month sentence by Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin, who noted that Rucinskas had already been remanded in custody for almost a year and suspended the remainder of the 18 months.
Judge Ó Donnabháin told the accused that this was on the basis that he stays away from Castletownbere and must not contact the victim for the next three years.
Ruscinskas, who pleaded guilty to assaulting his wife on January 1st 2020, said that he felt unappreciated for the presents that he bought at Christmas and assaulted his wife over the course of two to three hours.
He punched and kicked her in the kitchen and continued to assault her when she tried to hide in an upstairs bedroom.
His most serious assault was when he forced her face down on the bed and pushed her face into the bed to the point where she was in danger of suffocation.
He also tried to rip off one of her eyelash extensions.
Ruscinskas has had a number of previous convictions from Lithuania that includes a 15-year sentence for pre-meditated murder and a false imprisonment-type charge.
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