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Husband accused of attacking wife over nine days is refused bail

By Staff Reporter

A judge has thrown out a bail application in a "deeply disturbing, brutal domestic violence" case in which it is alleged a woman suffered nine consecutive days of abuse over Christmas.

Despite a previous incident resulting in the victim suffering a fractured arm, the court heard the abuse continued in a persistent manner, only ending when she fled the family home. Ceslovas Galbuogis (48), from Charlemont Street, Moy, appeared at Dungannon Magistrates Court on 13 charges involving sustained attacks on his wife before and during the Christmas period.

These involve two counts each of inflicting grievous bodily harm and assault causing actual bodily harm. There are also nine counts of assault on nine consecutive days.

A PSNI officer said police received a call from the victim on New Year's Eve to say she had been assaulted by her husband.She said she had suffered abuse at the beginning of November, but that sustained violence began before Christmas and continued on a daily basis until she escaped and police were alerted.

An incident occurred on November 2 when Galbuogis allegedly punched his wife, causing her to fall. She injured her arm and on attending hospital a few days later learned it was fractured and will require surgery.

Then on December 22, the woman stated Galbuogis finished work for the holidays and went drinking with friends. After some time she rang to tell him to come home.

She said this made him irate and on returning to the house, he delivered a significant blow suspected of causing another fracture to the victim.

She fell on the ground where the defendant is alleged to have repeatedly kicked her to her left side and arm, causing extensive bruising. The court heard the assaults continued daily, until December 30, despite the woman pleading with her husband to stop.

The victim said on the final day, he delivered a severe punch to her side and she fled their home in terror.

The court heard having taken refuge with a family member, Galbuogis contacted the victim warning he would not give her any money. When this failed, he threatened to kill himself if she did not return home. He was arrested the next day after the victim made a written statement to police.

The police officer told the court bail was strongly opposed.

Judge Meehan threw out the application, adding: "Whilst the defendant is of course entitled to the presumption of innocence in this litany of deeply disturbing domestic violence, I have no hesitation is refusing bail."

Galbuogis was remanded in custody to appear by video-link next month.

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