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Woman claims “controlling” ex-partner “was beating me like another man”

Carlisle Crown Court

[A] WOMAN who claims her “controlling” ex-partner subjected her to repeated assaults told police: “I was afraid that he will kill me.”

Andrzej Fijalkowski, 35, is on trial at Carlisle Crown Court. He denies one charge which alleges the use of controlling or coercive behaviour during a 19-month period while living with his then girlfriend in Penrith.

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

Today (WED), jurors watched footage of an interview the woman gave to police. She spoke of assaults occurring “nearly every day” – one allegedly leaving her with a bloodied ear and another with a burst nose.

Of one alleged incident, she said: “He was punching me everywhere and then kicking me everywhere. The first time he was beating me like another man; like he was beating another man, not a woman.”

She spoke of being too scared to report assaults allegedly carried out by Fijalkowski, of Pategill Road, Penrith, adding: “I was afraid that he will kill me, that I will die there.”

The trial continues.

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