Pushing wife leads to jail sentence for Ballygawley man


A Ballygawley man has received a one-week prison sentence for common assault upon his partner.

Vitalijus Charlamovas, 68, from Omagh Road, appeared by videolink at Dungannon Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

The court heard how on Friday March 13, police responded to a call regarding a drunk male trying to gain access to a house via the windows and doors.

When police arrived at the scene, the defendant, who appeared intoxicated, tried to get into the rear garden, where he was followed by officers. He had been banned from entering the property after a violent argument and heavy drinking.

A statement was then made to the police by Charlamovas’ partner alleging that on March 4 Charlamovas had pushed her against a wardrobe, and then followed her into a room, where he pushed her again, causing her to injure her back.

At the time, she had been so frightened she had locked herself in a room. When police charged the defendant, who is unemployed, with common assault he made no reply, however, he had earlier denied his partner’s accusations.

The defence solicitor told the court that his client had made an early guilty plea, in spite of his initial denial of the charges, and had no previous record.

“The assault consisted of two pushes which resulted in the injury of a sore back”, he told the court.

He asked the judge to bear in mind the fact that the defendant had received a short, sharp shock after being in custody since Friday night, and that there was ‘an adult daughter in the house to the fore of things’, making it unlikely that Charlamovas would offend again.

Sentencing the defendant to one week in prison, District Judge John Meehan said in this case justice would be best served by a short prison sentence.

“Frank violence in the domestic setting always warrants a custodial sentence”, he warned the defendant.