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Husband put hands round wife's neck at their Inverness home

By Court Reporter

A GARAGE worker attacked his wife at their home after a row over money, a court has been told.

Mariusz Wilk, who has a previous conviction for domestic violence, was convicted of assaulting his wife at their home in Dochfour Drive, Inverness, following a trial at the city’s sheriff court.

The court heard he seized his wife by the neck on December 27 last year after she asked him for money to pay for a taxi to take their child to nursery.

During the trial she told Sheriff Margaret Neilson that Wilk had come back home while she was sleeping in their son’s bedroom.

He went to the other bedroom in the house and the argument started after she had to ask him for money for a taxi when she saw that his car was not parked outside their house.

She said he was drunk when he grabbed her with both hands, leaving her with two small marks on her neck.

She said she was “tapping his hands” to try and get free but he was too strong for her.

However, someone turned up at the house to give Wilk a lift to work and she phoned the police after he let her go and left the property.

PC Craig McFarlane told the court that the woman was visibly upset and quite emotional when officers attended at her address.

He confirmed seeing two small red marks to the side of her neck.

Wilk (38), now of Dell Road, Inverness, was later arrested at his work.

He said his wife only communicated with him if she needed something and he was paying her £400 a month.

He denied the assault and said they had simply been “shouting and gesticulating”.

Sheriff Neilson said she found both Crown witnesses credible and there was nothing in Wilk’s evidence which caused her to be in any doubt he was guilty.

She deferred sentence for reports until April 6.

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