Dad’s Christmas Day assault on child and former partner

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A man who assaulted his former partner and their five-year-old daughter on Christmas Day has been imprisoned by magistrates.

Rolandas Zubovas, of Portland Street, admitted assaulting his former partner, Jurate Zagorniene, their five-year-old daughter Kamile Zubovaite and Algirdas Kazakevicius at Ms Zagorniene’s house in Albion Terrace on December 25.

He also admitted damaging a fridge and some crockery when he appeared before Skegness Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Edward Johnson, prosecuting, told the court that Zubovas went to Ms Zagorniene’s house at about 7.20pm on Christmas Day to see their daughter, but when he arrived he was drunk and he produced a knife, before threatening to commit suicide by cutting his throat or slashing his wrists.

Ms Zagorniene told him not to be silly, took the knife off him and told him to lie down and sleep it off, the prosecutor added.

She then went to the kitchen and was sat with her daughter on her knee when she was hit by Zubovas on her head. She fell and banged her head against the wall. Zubovas then hit his daughter, who also fell into the wall.

He also lashed out at Ms Zagorniene’s sister’s boyfriend, Algirdas Kazakevicius, hitting him several times when he asked Zubovas what he was doing.

The court was told that Ms Zagorniene then took hold of his jacket, but he punched her in the face again and she was forced to kneel down and cover her face.

Zubovas then punched the fridge and pulled all the crockery off the table, breaking it as he did.

At one stage he told Ms Zagorniene: “I’ll bury you. You won’t live,” the bench was told.

Magistrates heard that she was left with minor injuries and was very frightened and their daughter was left with a swollen cheek.

Zubovas ran away when police were called, but he was later arrested.

Mr Johnson added that Zubovas and Ms Zagorniene had been in relationship in Lithuania which had broken up. They reunited after they came separately to this country in 2012, but separated once again in August last year.

For Zubovas, Dave Clapham said there was very little mitigation that could be put forward, adding that it was fortunate there were only minor injuries, but Zubovas was under no illusion about the seriousness of the offences.

He said he was still coming to terms with the fact he had hit his daughter, although he did not do so intentionally and had been meaning to hit his former partner.

Mr Clapham added Zubovas had dealt with the break-up of the relationship very badly and had been drinking ever since.

Magistrates told the 28-year-old that he must have caused considerable distress and fear through his ‘drunken rampage’.

He was sentenced to five months imprisonment for the assault on his daughter and four months each for the assaults on Ms Zagorniene and Mr Kazakevicius. He was also given one month imprisonment for damaging the fridge and crockery. The sentences will be served concurrently.

The magistrates also issued a restraining order in relation to his former partner and their daughter for a period of two years.