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Man sentenced for Penrith assaults – but cleared of four other alleged offences

Carlisle Crown Court

[A] MAN has been sentenced for an assault on his former partner – but cleared by a jury of more serious alleged offences.

Andrzej Fijalkowski, 35, went on trial at Carlisle Crown Court last week. He had denied the alleged use of controlling or coercive behaviour towards his then partner while they lived together in Penrith.

Fijalkowski further denied four alleged assaults on the woman – three of which were said to have caused her actual bodily harm.

Today (TUES), a jury of seven men and five women found him unanimously not guilty of two actual bodily harm (ABH) assaults, and also the alleged controlling behaviour.

Fijalkowski, previously of Pategill Road, Penrith, was cleared of a further ABH assault on a majority verdict, but convicted of assaulting his ex by beating on July 23.

Jurors heard he punched the woman, bursting her nose.

Fijalkowski received a two-month prison sentence for that offence. The court heard he had been in custody for more than five months on remand.

A restraining order was imposed which prohibits Fijalkowski from contacting the woman for five years.

Fijalkowski received a consecutive four-month jail term for a separate assault on a third party, also on July 23, which he admitted.

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