Man accused of assaulting wife appears in court

Enniskillen Court House

Enniskillen Court House


A 33-year-old Enniskillen man who stands accused of assaulting his wife has appeared in court for breaching his bail conditions. Kristoff Rozwod, of Windmill Heights appeared at Enniskillen Magistrates Court due to the breach, which was accepted.
A police constable outlined to the court information regarding the case against the defendant. She explained that on Monday March 21 a report was made to police of a drunk male causing a disturbance in KFC fast food outlet in Enniskillen. The defendant was observed to be slumped on a table close to the entrance  and had been behaving aggressively, going up to customers.
The injured party, an employee at KFC had contacted police the previous night, March 20 in relation to an assault at her home in Ferney Rise, Enniskillen. She told police she was grabbed by the defendant and thrown on the sofa and he pinned her by pushing his knees on to her chest. Due to his actions the injured party said she struggled to breathe during the attack.
Rozwod was arrested for common assault and was interviewed. He told police the pair had an argument and that the injured party had been hitting him. The defendant said he had acted in self-defence and that he had restrained his wife.
The court heard that the two have been married for 10 years and have children together.
In regards to the breach of bail on Tuesday night March 22 at around 11.15pm the defendant had attempted to enter his wife’s property and speak with her, a direct breach of a bail condition that he have no contact with her. 
When police arrived the defendant left, but after taking a statement with the injured party at around 12.15am they located Rozwod walking at the rear of the property.
The police officer voiced her objection to bail on the basis of concerns Rozwod would re-offend and could interfere with witnesses and noted that within a short space of time of being charged he had contacted the alleged injured party. 
Defence solicitor Garry Smyth said there was no medical evidence or any injuries to substantiate the victim’s assault allegations. In regards to the breach Mr Smyth said that his client had required personal items from his wife including his mobile phone and national insurance number to obtain a home from the Housing Executive and that was a primary reason why he attended on the night. The defence also noted Rozwod’s problems with alcohol.
“Not without some hesitation” District Judge Nigel Broderick admitted the defendant to bail. He released Rozwod on his own bail of £500, with strict conditions he have no contact with the injured party, not enter KFC in Enniskillen or Windmill Heights and not be intoxicated in a public place. 
The judge warned the defendant if he breached again he would not be re-admitted to bail. Rozwod will next appear in Enniskillen Magistrates Court on April 18.

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