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Man who subjected partner to two hour attack ordeal jailed

Editorial Correspondent 15th Jul, 2019 Updated: 12th Aug, 2019

A MAN from Bidford who repeatedly assaulted his partner during a two-hour ordeal before she was finally able to escape from the house believes there is hope of a reconciliation.

But that was described as ‘delusional’ by a judge at Warwick Crown Court who imposed a restraining order banning Dawid Dankowski from having any contact with his victim.

The 41-year-old was jailed for three years and nine months after pleading guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm and making threats to kill.

Prosecutor Raj Punia said Dankowski’s and his partner had been in a relationship for 14 years which began before they moved to this country from Poland in 2014, and they had two children.

Throughout the relationship he would deliberately cause arguments and use violence towards her.

On March 30, their nine-year-old daughter having gone out, they were having a relaxing afternoon drinking cocktails in the living room when Dankowski suddenly became abusive.

Accusing her of not behaving like a loyal partner, Dankowski punched her to the nose, causing it to bleed, and began shouting at her as he hit her again to her arm.

During the next two hours he repeatedly punched and kicked her, and threatened to beat her to death.

He also strangled her on three occasions – once to the point where she lost consciousness.

But when he finally stopped so he could go to the toilet, she took the opportunity to run from the house to the home of a retired neighbour, telling her: “He’s gone crazy, he’s trying to kill me.”

The police were called, and Dankowski’s partner was taken to hospital where she was found to have a fractured nose and internal bruising including damage to her kidney, as well as extensive bruising to her body and limbs.

Another neighbour also called the police after hearing the couple’s 19-month-old younger daughter screaming and crying.

When arrested Dankowski, who had been made subject to a domestic violence protection notice in 2015, incredibly claimed he had been acting in self-defence after his partner had assaulted him.

Asking for a restraining order, Miss Punia added his partner wants no further contact with Dankowski.

Ian Speed, defending, said Dankowski was “deeply ashamed of his actions on that day” and hoped for a reconciliation.

But jailing Dankowski, Judge Peter Cooke told him: “Your hope for a reconciliation is delusional.

“In my view few offenders are more contemptible than men who use their greater physical strength to inflict injuries on the women in their lives.”

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