Row about a dog led to man assaulting wife

ANGER over a dog which was left outside in the rain allegedly prompted a man to assault his wife at their Boston home, magistrates heard on Wednesday.

Redas Paukste, of Elizabeth Road in Boston, dragged his wife Andrea out of bed by her wrists, pushed her and kicked her bottom with a shod foot when he became annoyed that the animal had been left outside when he had bathed it earlier that day, the prosecution said.

The 28-year-old also shouted at his wife, who was in bed with the couple’s two-year-old child, and told her: “If you leave my dog outside again I will smash your face,” said Jim Clare, prosecuting.

Paukste admitted assaulting his wife at their home in Sunningdale Drive when he stood before the bench.

The couple are in the process of divorcing.

Liz Harte, defending, said: “He had bathed the dog extensively earlier in the evening. It’s a long-haired dog, and it takes a long time to dry. Whe he got back home he found the dog had been left outside and was wet and cold.

“He admits that he got very angry and lost his temper.”

Since the incident, on June 27, he has not been home and has not seen his wife or child.

Magistrates ordered a probation report before sentencing.