Blind woman was assaulted in her home

Londonderry Magistrates’ Court has heard how a blind woman was assaulted on Christmas Day after a group of Polish men pushed their way into her home.

Arising out of the incident, Patryk Marek Hoffrichter, (22), of Queens Court, Lower Clarendon Street and Michal Krzysztof Lipiec (34), of Pine Street, pleaded guilty to common assault, disorderly behaviour and criminal damage on December 25, 2013. A third man, Powel Zakrzeski (29), of Rockmills, admitted disorderly behaviour and indecent behaviour on the same date.

The court heard police received a report of two windows, valued at £4,538, being smashed by three males in Iceland, Foyleside Shopping Centre. A short time later, three males entered a property in Chamberlain Street and caused damage. They also assaulted the occupants, one of whom is registered blind.

The court heard the trio tried to push their way into the house and a male injured party was grabbed and swung round against shelves. The man’s mother, who is blind, came out to the hall and was struck in the face, twice.

It was claimed as the three accused made off, Zakrzeski mooned at two women in the street.

Deputy District Judge John Connolly fined him £200.

He adjourned sentence against the other two men for to allow for probation pre-sentence reports to be compiled. He said Hoffrichter and Lipiec’s behaviour was despicable and they may face a prison sentence.

They will appear in court again on March 27.