09:00 Sunday 15 December 2013

Polish man attacked his wife over bank account


A POLISH man kicked and punched his wife threatening ‘to pull her teeth out’ after she changed their bank account, a court has heard.

Pawel Burda, of Hill Street, Stapenhill, admitted assaulting Sylvia Burda by beating her in Burton on November 5.

Helen Newport, prosecuting, told Burton Magistrates’ Court that the 36-year-old had been married to his victim for 14 years and they have three children together.

On this day Burda and his wife argued about her putting the tax credits into a bank account in her name.

As is got heated Burda grabbed his wife’s hair, slapped her face twice, kicked her in the stomach and chest and said he would pull her teeth out.

He then left the house and she took the children to a friends house, where the police were called.

In police interview Burda admitted he attacked her after she changed the bank account to just her name. He said Mrs Burda had previously told him that if she divorced him she would get more benefits and this annoyed him.

He accepted this was not justification and his children would have seen everything. He said he had drank four-and-a-half litre cans of beer.

Burda also admitted he had hit his wife before when they living in Poland but it was not reported to the police.

As a result of the attack Mrs Burda was left with a large bruise on her arm and a graze under her eyebrow and chin.

Michael Taylor, defending, said: “He lost his job shortly after his arrest and he has been on benefits since. I know that the separation from his wife and children has been difficult for him.

“She has attended court and made it clear she wants her husband home.

“I can see the assault was serious in that he kicked his wife in the stomach in addition to slapping her and pulling her hair but the injuries she sustained were not serious. I know he is very sorry for the way he behaved.”

Magistrates handed Burda a three month prison sentence suspended for 12 months with a community order for 12 months with a supervision requirement and 200 hours unpaid work.

He was also told to pay £80 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.

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