Man jailed after whipping his partner with a belt


A man whipped his partner with a belt after arriving home from work and accusing her of having an affair, a court was told.

Joel Skopinski, who had been drinking earlier in the day, walked through the door to find his partner had guests including her brother and another man.

Moments after the men left the property Skopinski ordered the couple’s children out of the room and turned on his partner.

He punched her so hard in the face that she was left dizzy and lain on the floor.

Almas Ben-Aribia, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court: “The defendant started to accuse her of having an affair.

“The defendant stood over her and took off his belt. He then whipped her with the leather part of the belt all over her body including her head.

“She remained quiet for fear of disturbing the children in the other room. She sustained bruises to the left eye and bruises to her forearms, upper arms and both legs.

“The couple had been in a relationship for six years. She describes physical violence starting in Poland and continuing when they moved to the UK.”

When Skopinski was arrested he denied punching the woman but admitted using the belt saying he used it because he believed it would inflict less damage.

Skopinski, 25, of High Street, Boston, admitted a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm arising out of the incident on July 13.

He was jailed for 12 months yesterday (Wednesday).

Sunil Khanna, defending, said that since arriving in this country his client had always been in employment and worked hard.

Mr Khanna said: “On the day in question he had had enough of working constantly. He says he snapped. He understands that what he did is appalling and unacceptable.

“This was a wake-up call to him that he has to change his ways.

“He would say that this is the first time that he has gone down this road and he will never do anything like this again.”

Mr Khanna said it appeared that the couple both now want a reconciliation.

Judge Stuart Rafferty QC, passing sentence, told Skopinski: “It may be that you were working hard and it may be that you were dissatisfied with your wife. It is probably more likely that you were jealous of her and didn’t trust her but that doesn’t give you any excuse to use violence against her.”