Assault brings an end to relationship

Court news.
Court news.

What was described as an ‘out of character’ assault has ended a 15-year relationship and resulted in a conditional discharge.

Rimantas Kupriunas, 56, of Tunnard Street, Boston, pleaded guilty to assault through a Russian interpreter when he appeared at the town’s magistrates’ court.

Prosecutor Nick Todd told the court the defendant had not been involved in any previous incidents. He said that prior to the incident in question Kupriunas and the victim had been together for 15 years and there had been no history of violence.

He said that on January 19, the defendant had been drinking all day and in the evening went upstairs and continued to drink with a lodger. He said the victim had become annoyed and an argument had followed in the lodger’s room.

“She says he slapped her round the face,” he said. “The lodger says it was a push to the face.”

He said the lodger separated the pair and Kupriunas was later arrested and, in interview, told police he was too drunk to remember what happened but accepted the victim’s version of the story.

“He said he was very sorry, and became visibly upset during the interview,” he added.

Defending, Philipa Chatterton said her client, a Lithuanian factory worker who had lived in the UK for six years, was ‘very sad’ by what happened and accepted his relationship was ‘at an end’.

On Wednesday, magistrates gave Kupriunas a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.