An alcohol-fuelled evening ‘exploded’ into violence when one of the drinkers suggested a sex threesome with the other two, a court heard earlier this month.
During the early hours of April 11th last year Wojciech Radzimowski, 35, of Orchard Ave, Cheltenham, was drinking with his wife Magdalena and a friend, Remigausz Krol, Gloucester Crown Court was told.
Prosecutor Caighli Taylor said Mr Krol suddenly asked Radzimowski and his wife: ‘Can we have sex together?’.
Radzimowski reacted by assaulting Mr Krol - then attacking Magdalena and punching her, said the prosecutor.
“The male victim left the property and promptly called the police,” said Ms Taylor. “Radzimowski then answered the front door to the police on their arrival with blood on his face, but shut the door again to prevent the officers from gaining entry.
“A short time later Mrs Radzimowski ventured outside with blood streaming down her face from an injury at the top of her head.”
The court was told that Radzimowski was then arrested and in his police interview admitted that he had punched his wife. He then gave a no comment interview.
Mrs Radzimowski said in her victim statement that two months on from the assault the injury was still painful and she felt very traumatised and distressed by the incident.
James McKenna, defending, said: “This was an ugly situation and must have been very scary for both victims.
“The circumstances of that night can only be described as peculiar. There was clearly a substantial amount of alcohol involved along with some sexual jealousy. It obviously spilled over on that date in time under the influence of drink.
“When Radzimowski is not drinking he is a very industrious hard-working man who is trying to support his family. He is remorseful and has stated he is willing to change his life. He works anti-social hours and has a significant debt.
“He realises this offending crosses the custody threshold because of its seriousness. But he has abided by his bail conditions and has not got into trouble again with the police since last April.
“If he is sentenced to a custodial sentence he would lose his job and his accommodation and put additional financial burden on his family."
Judge Ian Lawrie QC observed: “Radzimowski works hard and appears to have a sense of responsibility, but stupidly got involved in a bout of violence while under the influence of drink.”
The judge told Radzimowski: “It is never acceptable to hit a woman and there is no excuse to resort to violence.”
Radzimowski replied: “I feel really bad about the situation I have caused. However I do wish to apologise to the victims and to the court for my actions.”
In sentencing Radzimowski to a 19-week prison term, suspended for 18 months, Judge Lawrie said: “You need to make sure you don’t hit women in the future. If you do we will meet again and you will go into custody.
“You pleaded guilty to two charges of common assault. Whatever the mechanism that caused the assaults, they resulted in a serious injury to the woman.
“On any estimation those assaults occurred under unusual circumstances, which I am not going to repeat. But whatever the prompt was, combined with your historic caution for a similar offence, it is clear that when you are drunk you are capable of using violence. That is unforgivable.
“I understand that your wife has forgiven you. However, the court views these acceptances with a degree of caution. Therefore I am going to test you to see if you are good for your apology and good to your sense of regret by never indulging in this sort of thing again.
“There is a lot about you that is good, but sadly there are some bad aspects that this sentence needs to deal with.”
Radzimowski was sentenced to attend 15 rehabilitation activity requirement days, undertake 150 hours of unpaid work and be subject to a monthly judicial review. He was also ordered to pay £650 court costs and a £122 victim surcharge.