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Penrith man accused of “controlling” and assaulting ex-partner goes on trial

Carlisle Crown Court

[A] MAN accused of “controlling” and repeatedly assaulting his ex-partner has gone on trial at Carlisle Crown Court.

Andrzej Fijalkowski, 35, has pleaded not guilty to a charge which alleges controlling or coercive behaviour between late December of 2015 and July last year while he and the woman lived together in Penrith.

Fijalkowski further denies four alleged assaults on his now former partner – three of which are said to have caused her actual bodily harm.

Opening the case today (TUES), prosecutor Jane Dagnall alleged “repeated physical abuse and controlling behaviour” by Fijalkowski towards the woman.

A number of alleged assaults were said to have resulted in her suffering a cut lip, burst nose and temporary hearing loss.

“Such was his abuse that she described his behaviour as a nightmare,” Miss Dagnall told the jury.

When interviewed by police after his arrest, Fijalkowski, of Pategill Road, Penrith, answered “no comment” to all questions asked.

The trial continues.

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