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Inverness man attacked woman after she liked photo on Facebook

By Ali Morrison

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Radoslaw Malek.
Radoslaw Malek.

A diagnosed schizophrenic who subjected a woman to a campaign of domestic abuse over a 17-month period will be sentenced next month.

Radoslaw Malek, of Woodcroft Gardens, Inverness appeared from custody before Sheriff Ian Cruickshank and pleaded guilty to three charges of a course of violent conduct towards the woman, assault and assault to danger of her life.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard that his victim thought he would kill her at a house in Glenmore Place, Forres on July 1, 2022.

The 41-year-old attacked her after seeing a photograph she had liked on Facebook of a friend's boyfriend.

Fiscal depute Robert Weir said: "He began telling her that she was disrespectful and a liar, accusing her of being in love with this other man.

"She felt that he was going to kill her."

The court heard that on other occasions, he threw a basketball at her, struck her head off a wall, and verbally abused her.

Mr Weir added that Malek deleted social media apps from her mobile phone and subjected her to controlling and coercive behaviour by repeatedly messaging and phoning her throughout each day.

"He would become irate if she did not answer or respond," Mr Weir went on.

Sheriff Cruickshank was told that Malek was arrested after the assault. But later that year on November 11, 2022 the pair met up and returned to his Inverness home.

"She pleaded with him to let her out of the house and he said the only way she was getting out was by jumping out the upstairs window," Mr Weir said.

She managed to escape barefoot after being assaulted.

Defence solicitor Marc Dickson said his client had been in custody for almost a year but expected a custodial sentence to be imposed.

Sentence was deferred until December 12 for a background report and a risk assessment. Malek was again remanded.

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