Blind woman assaulted in her home

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

A blind woman was assaulted on Christmas Day after a group of Polish men pushed their way into her home, a court has heard.

Patryk Marek Hoffrichter, (22), of Queens Court, Lower Clarendon Street and 34-year-old Michal Krzysztof Lipiec, of Pine Street, pleaded guilty to common assault, disorderly behaviour and criminal damage on December 25, 2013.

A third man,29-year-old Powel Zakrzeski, of Rockmills, admitted disorderly behaviour and indecent behaviour on the same date.

Derry Magistrates Court heard police received a report of two windows being smashed by three males in Iceland, Foyleside Shopping Centre. The smashed windows were valued at £4,538.

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 trio tried to push their way into the house and a male injured party was grabbed by one of the males and swung round against shelves.

The man’s mother, who is blind, came out to the hall and was struck in the face twice.

As the three made off, Zakrzeski ‘mooned’ at two women in the street.

Deputy District judge John Connolly fined him £200.

He adjourned the sentencing of the other two men for probation pre-sentence reports to be compiled.

The judge said Hoffrichter and Lipiec’s behaviour was ‘despicable’ and they may face a prison sentence.

They will appear in court again on March 27.