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Domestic violence accused denied bail over 'misogynistic' comment

District Judge John Meehan branded the comments by Ruslanas Lukosenkinas as misogynistic and refused bail
District Judge John Meehan branded the comments by Ruslanas Lukosenkinas as misogynistic and refused bail

By Staff Reporter

A judge has criticised comments made by an alleged domestic abuser who claimed the woman was "mentally unhinged by menstruation".

District Judge John Meehan branded the comments by Ruslanas Lukosenkinas as misogynistic and refused bail.

Lukosenkinas (36), from Newell Road, Dungannon, is charged with assaulting and threatening to kill his partner on July 4, which followed the same offences allegedly being committed three days beforehand.

A police officer told Dungannon Magistrates Court all charges could be connected.

Objecting to bail, he explained police were called to South Tyrone Hospital by a social worker who came to the woman's aid.

The woman said the first instance on July 1 occurred after the couple rowed over Lukosenkinas's drug abuse, which was making him paranoid. She claimed he accused her of being with other men, slapped her face and punched her to the stomach.

He then paced the room holding a screwdriver, repeatedly shouting: "I'll kill you."

Then on July 4 Lukosenkinas approached the woman's workplace, and saw her standing in a smoking area. He became jealous, believing one of the males was "standing too close to her".

Lukosenkinas asked his partner to leave work, telling her his father had died. While the couple walked home it is claimed Lukosenkinas admitted lying about his father, grabbed the woman and shouted: "When we get home, I'm going to kill you."

Lukosenkinas was arrested and during interview denied all. He dismissed the allegations, telling police: "She is mentally unhinged due to menstruation."

A defence lawyer said Lukosenkinas denies any offences occurred and intends to make a counter allegation.

He added: "It is conceded the domestic violence report is not good reading, but with conditions, I submit he could be released on bail once an alternative address has been found."

Refusing bail, Judge Meehan said: "I am particularly concerned by the defendant's remarks to police that his partner fabricated the allegations because she is mentally unhinged by menstruation.

"That is a misogynistic attitude of power and conceit of his position as a male. I believe he feels reasonably confident this matter will fall like those before."

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