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Tuesday 25 June 2019

Cleaner hit his lover's estranged partner when he egged his home

Judge Dermot Dempsey struck out the matter after Lisovskis donated €500 to St Vincent de Paul. (stock photo)
Judge Dermot Dempsey struck out the matter after Lisovskis donated €500 to St Vincent de Paul. (stock photo)

A cleaner who was allegedly having an affair with his neighbour's wife hit him on the head after the neighbour threw eggs at his home, a court has heard.

Juris Lisovskis (42) had claimed he simply held the victim by the coat to stop him damaging his property.

Judge Dermot Dempsey struck out the matter after Lisovskis donated €500 to St Vincent de Paul.

The defendant, of Bremore Pastures Drive, Balbriggan, was found guilty of assaulting a neighbour on January 15, 2018.

The victim told Swords District Court that on the day in question he was at home studying.

His wife had been having an affair, and she was in Lisovskis's house after she told him she was not going to hide and was going to live with him.

The man said he became upset and "got angry" and went and threw two eggs at Lisovskis's windows.

The victim said Lisovskis came out of his house and said he was going to beat him up.

He claimed Lisovskis then hit him with the flat part of his hand on the left side of his head, and then kicked him.

Tyrant

He said he felt light-headed afterwards and could feel his legs becoming weak.

Cross-examined by defence lawyer Deirdre Flannery, the victim denied he was shouting at Lisovskis to hit him.

He also denied that Lisovskis simply held him by the neck of his coat to stop him throwing eggs and damaging his house.

In his evidence, Lisovskis said he was friends with the victim's wife and had given her shelter as her husband was a "tyrant".

She was in his house when something hit his window, and he saw the victim had thrown eggs. Lisovskis said he was cleaning his wall and window when the victim came back with more eggs.

Lisovskis claimed he made some "fake moves" toward the victim as he was trying to scare him away, but that he did not hit him or punch him.

He said he held the victim's coat to stop him throwing eggs.

Finding him guilty, a judge said Lisovskis's response was not a justifiable use of force.

However, the victim's behaviour was also inexcusable.

Ms Flannery said the defendant, a father-of-one, was originally from Latvia but had lived in Ireland since 2004.

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