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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Santa who liked sex toys hit with keg - court told

EVIDENCE: Remarks about girlfriend sparked row

A SANTA Claus with a penchant for sex toys was allegedly walloped in the face with a beer keg by another man when he took offence at suggestive remarks about his girlfriend, a court heard.

Toivo Tominga (30) is alleged to have left Jaanus Ansip needing 11 stitches to a cut above his left eye following the Christmas Day assault.

He claimed he picked up the empty beer keg in self-defence after Mr Ansip, dressed as Santa Claus, pushed him.

Tominga admitted he was offended when Mr Ansip made suggestive remarks about his girlfriend, who he wished was at the party so she could join them in the open-air sauna.

Tominga's legal team argued Mr Ansip was unduly preoccupied with matters of a sexual nature, had a sex swing in his bedroom and wanted to do certain things to Tominga's girlfriend.

The defendant further claimed he was told by Mr Ansip he would not press charges if he was paid €16,000.

Mr Ansip said he was told by a taxi driver of an unwritten Irish law where a person gets €5,000 cash and a further €1,000 for every stitch they receive following an assault.

Tominga, of Melville Cove in Finglas, denied he seriously assaulted Mr Ansip at Cardiffscastle Road, Finglas on December 25, 2009.

Mr Ansip said he was playing Santa Claus for his housemates when a drunken Tominga, who was not invited to the party, took offence at a gift.

He said he and Tominga were smoking in the garden when he asked him why he wasn't happy with his gift.

He alleged the defendant, who was very drunk, called him a rooster, which is a very insulting term in Estonia, meaning a police informant.

He then pushed Tominga, who picked up an empty beer keg and threw it at him, hitting him above the eye, and leaving him bleeding heavily.

In cross examination, Mr Ansip denied he exaggerated his injuries to get money from Tominga or that he made any untoward suggestions about Tominga's girlfriend. In his evidence, Tominga said he was outside when Mr Ansip came over and asked him the whereabouts of his girlfriend.

Tominga claimed Mr Ansip said he'd like it if his girlfriend was at the party so they could get into the sauna together.

He wasn't very happy with these remarks so he called him a rooster, which is a childish remark, meaning stupid.

Tominga claimed Mr Ansip went "mental" and pushed him hard. He picked up the beer keg to defend himself as Mr Ansip came at him.

The defendant alleged Mr Ansip then picked up a piece of wood and chased him around the garden, whereupon he picked up a small bench to protect himself.

The case was adjourned to another date.

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