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Penrith man denies ex-partner’s “assault” and “control” allegations

Carlisle Crown Court

[A] MAN has denied “controlling” his former partner – and described allegations that he assaulted her as “pure lies”.

Andrzej Fijalkowski, 35, is on trial at Carlisle Crown Court. He denies one charge which alleges his use of controlling or coercive behaviour during a 19-month period while living with his then girlfriend in Penrith. He further denies four alleged assaults on his now ex-partner – three of which are said to have caused her actual bodily harm.

This afternoon (THURS), Fijalkowski gave evidence to jurors. One alleged assault is said to have occurred on New Year’s Day in 2011. But asked whether he had punched, kicked and stamped on her – as she alleges – Fijalkowski stated: “I did not. It is incorrect. I never assaulted her at all.” He added: “It is just pure lies.”

He claimed he inadvertently hit her in the nose, in July last year, as he put up his hands in self-defence when she “gritted her teeth” and came angrily towards him.

And Fijalkowski, of Pategill Road, Penrith, also insisted he never acted in a controlling manner towards the woman as she has alleged.

The trial continues.

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