Jail for Colne thug who left victim fearing for her life?

The original jail sentence was imposed at Burnley Crown Court.
The original jail sentence was imposed at Burnley Crown Court.

A thug who attacked his partner twice left her believing she would be killed, a court was told.

Marius Jokubaitis (34) had thrown Linda Parkinson across the room when he had been drunk and had got aggressive. On another occasion, he had tried to stab her in the head or face with a metal vacuum extension and then gashed her arm with the pole, causing an open wound, when she tried to protect herself. Ms Parkinson had been scarred in the incident.

Burnley Magistrates’ Court heard how the victim, who told police she had had a four-year violent relationship with the defendant, claimed he had assaulted her in the past and she had suffered “constant physical and mental abuse,” at his hands. Prosecutor Tracy Yates told the court: “She says she is in fear of her life. She believes he has friends that would kill her.”

The defendant, from Short Street, Colne, admitted two counts of assault by beating, between February 1st and March 1st. He is in breach of a crown court suspended sentence as a result of the offences and was committed to Burnley Crown Court for sentence in June. He was warned by Deputy District Judge Rod Ross that custody was not being ruled out.

Mrs Yates told the hearing Ms Parkinson was prompted to make a complaint to the police when Jokubaitis was arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

The defendant was questioned over the assault allegations and said he and Ms Parkinson were always arguing. He said he did assault her by punching her to the ribs but denied hitting her with the vacuum. Jokubaitis had no previous convictions for violence.