A HUSBAND who thought he had murdered his wife after bludgeoning her with a lump hammer in a ‘fit of rage’ has been caged for 27 months.
Janis Neimanis (pictured), 39, fractured Marisa Iljina’s skull in a horrific attack at their Burton home.
As his wife lay motionless on their marital bed, Neimanis, of Casey Lane, rang the police to say he had murdered his wife, Stafford Crown Court heard.
When officers arrived at the couple’s home on May 18 this year, they found Ms Iljina lying on the bed with a large laceration to her head, with the defendant still holding a large lump hammer, said Mr Hugh O’Brien-Quinn, prosecuting.
She was rushed to hospital and found to have a displaced fracture at the front of the skull running down in to the eye socket.
She had air bubbles underneath the skull and a minute haemorrhage to the brain caused by bruising.
Mr O’Brien-Quinn said Ms Iljina had no recollection of the assault itself. She told police she and her partner had been drinking the night before – he having been in court earlier in the day.
There was a heated argument in relation to benefits, because she didn’t trust him as she thought he would waste the money.
Neimanis initially claimed he had used the hammer to frighten his partner and he had accidentally dropped it on her head.
In a victim impact statement Ms Iljina said she still has constant headaches, has problems sleeping and is scared to go out on her own.
She spent five days in hospital as a result of the attack.
She no longer wished to have any kind of relationship with Neimanis.
Steve Hennessy, defending, said: “He accepts it was not an accident. He snapped because of the things that were said to him and on this occasion he lost his temper.
“It was he who contacted the police and left a note confessing what he thought he had done. He is worried about the long term effect on his partner.”
Neimanis admitted a charge of causing grievous bodily harm.
Judge Paul Glenn told him: “She offered no physical threat to you whatsoever. You lashed out with a hammer in a fit of rage.”