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Man who sent ex-wife 'rifle video threat' is sentenced

By Nevin Farrell

A tattoo artist threatened his ex-wife's "new boyfriend" while holding a "long-barrelled firearm" in a video message he sent to her, a court heard yesterday.

Marcin Baranowski (39), of Crossreagh Drive in Newtownabbey but formerly with an address in Ballymena, was handed 100 hours of unpaid work and put on probation for a year.

The Polish national had previously pleaded guilty to sending a menacing electronic message in October 2017.

He was also being sentenced at Ballymena Magistrates Court for assaulting his ex-wife last September. He had previously denied the offence.

The woman said Baranowski had punched her face and police noticed a bruise above her eyebrow, a cut to her ear and scratch marks on her neck, the court heard.

Then in October last year she reported to police how Baranowski had been constantly contacting her by text message since the assault.

On one occasion he sent a video of himself in a house in Poland with a "firearm" - a previous court heard it described as a replica - while making threats towards his ex-wife's "new boyfriend".

However the court heard yesterday that the woman insisted she did not have a new boyfriend. Baranowski was arrested when he came back to Northern Ireland.

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