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Suspended sentence given for violent attack on wife

September 21st, 2021 11:45 AM

By Southern Star Team

Convicted murderer Marius Rucinskas at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

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BY OLIVIA KELLEHER

A CONVICTED murderer who tried to suffocate his wife at their home in Castletownbere has received an 18-month suspended sentence.

Cork Circuit Criminal Court heard that Marius Rucinskas, originally from Lithuania, repeatedly struck his wife, tore clumps of hair from her head and pulled off her eyelash extensions.

Mr Rucinskas pleaded guilty to the charge of assault causing harm to his wife Renata Rucinskeine on January 1st, 2020 at their home at Main Street, Castletownbere. Garda Laura O’Sullivan told the court that the 42-year-old had been drinking from lunchtime on the date of the offence. His wife returned home from work at about 5pm, and that night they had some friends over for the New Year festivities.

After their friends left, a dispute arose between Mr Rucinskas and his wife when he claimed she did not fully appreciate gifts he had purchased for her for Christmas.

Garda O’Sullivan said that over the next two to three hours Ruckinskas assaulted his wife several times, kicking and punching her in the kitchen.

He followed her upstairs and she tried to hide in an upstairs bedroom and he tried to rip off his wife’s eyelash extensions.

Judge Sean Ó Donnabháin said ‘drink or no drink’ the case was ‘very hard to understand.’

 

Convicted murderer gets suspended sentence after violent attack on wife

BY OLIVIA KELLEHER

A CONVICTED murderer who tried to suffocate his wife after a New Year’s Eve party at their home in West Cork has received an 18-month suspended sentence.

Cork Circuit Criminal Court heard that Marius Rucinskas, who is originally from Lithuania, repeatedly struck his wife, tore clumps of hair from her head and pulled off her eyelash extensions.

Mr Rucinskas, who works at a fish factory in Cork city, pleaded guilty to the charge of assault causing harm to his wife Renata Rucinskeine on January 1st, 2020 at their home in Main Street, Castletownbere. He is presently living with a friend in Cork city.

Garda Laura O’Sullivan told the court that the 42-year-old had been drinking from lunchtime on the date of the offence.

His wife returned home from work at about 5pm. That night they had some friends over for the New Year festivities. They drank beer and Jameson whiskey.

After their friends left a dispute arose between Mr Rucinskas and his wife. He claimed that his wife did not fully appreciate gifts he had purchased her for Christmas.

Garda O’Sullivan said that over the next two to three hours Ruckinskas assaulted his wife several times, kicking and punching her in the kitchen. He followed her upstairs and she tried to hide in an upstairs bedroom in a bid to avoid further injury.

‘Renata was defending herself with her legs and managed to get Marius’s hands away from her face – Marius then hit Renata’s head off a table and pulled her on to the bed.’

Garda O’Sullivan said Rucinskas forced his wife’s face down on to a bed and pushed it in to the mattress to the point that she was in danger of suffocation.

Shortly after 5.15am on January 1st gardai at Bantry received a distress phone call. When they tried to call the number back the phone appeared to be dead.

Gardai later determined that the defendant had smashed a number of phones, laptops and the TV in the house. He continued to tell his wife how ungrateful she was for the presents he had bought for her.

Garda O’Sullivan said that Rucinskas tried to rip off his wife’s eyelash extensions. He told her that if he got €2,000 from her the next day he would stay out of her life.

She said when gardai arrived at the scene Renata was in a distressed state. Her hair was falling out in clumps as gardai spoke to her.

The court heard that the defendant had a number of previous convictions from his native country including a a 15-year sentence imposed in 2000 for pre-meditated murder and a false imprisonment charge.

The injured party declined to make a victim impact statement.

Mr Rucinskas was previously remanded in custody for over a year in relation to the incident until his release in February of this year at which time he moved to Cork city. On that occasion he was ordered to stay out of Castletownbere.

Counsel for the defence, Dermot Sheehan, SC, said that his client had obeyed the court in this regard. Mr Rucinskas has occasional phone contact with his wife.

Judge Sean Ó Donnabháin said that he accepted that Ruckinskas had kept out of Castletownbere whilst acknowledging that he was a hardworking man employed in a ‘difficult work environment.’

Taking the year which Ruckinskas spent in custody in relation to the offence in to account he imposed an 18 month sentence suspended for three years on condition that the defendant not ordinarily reside in or around Castletownbere.

Ruckinskas was also told not to have no contact with the victim and to keep the peace and be of good behaviour. The Judge said that ‘drink or no drink’ the case was ‘very hard to understand.’

The court previously heard that Ruckinskas moved to Ireland in 2016 some 12 months after completing a 15 year prison term imposed for murder in Lithuania.

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