‘It was the scari­est in­ci­dent ever... I feared for my life’


New Ross Standard - - NEWS -

A GARDA who at­tended the house where a hus­band had as­saulted his wife told a sen­tenc­ing hear­ing that he feared for his life.

‘I can say with con­fi­dence and no ex­ag­ger­a­tion this was the scari­est in­ci­dent I ever at­tended where I gen­uinely feared for my life,’ said Garda Donal Doyle in a vic­tim im­pact state­ment read to the court.

A sec­ond garda, John Scallan, who also at­tended the scene, stated in his vic­tim im­pact state­ment: ‘I spoke to my wife to see if this job was worth stay­ing in af­ter what had hap­pened.’

Be­fore Judge Cor­mac Quinn at Wex­ford Cir­cuit Crim­i­nal Court for sen­tenc­ing was Arthurs Kort­sakovs, of 3B The Moor­ings, Ros­ber­con, New Ross. Kort­sakovs had been found guilty fol­low­ing a trial, to as­sault­ing his wife Tatjuna Kor­sakovs at 3B The Moor­ings, New Ross, on Oc­to­ber 19, 2016.

Kort­sakovs was also found guilty of as­sault­ing Garda John Scallan and Garda Donal Doyle.

Sgt Sean Fitzger­ald told Pros­e­cut­ing Coun­sel, Ms Sinead Glee­son, that the ac­cused man had been found guilty fol­low­ing a trial last Novem­ber.

New Ross gar­dai had re­ceived a re­port of a do­mes­tic dis­tur­bance. He told the court that the in­jured party, Tatjuna Kor­sakovs, had called to New Ross Garda Sta­tion, al­leg­ing she was the vic­tim of do­mes­tic abuse, which in­cluded a blow to the face. She told gar­dai that she and her chil­dren were liv­ing in fear and that she did not want to re­turn to the apart­ment where her hus­band was. As a re­sult, Garda Doyle and Garda Scallan were dis­patched to the apart­ment to re­trieve some items which she needed for her­self and her chil­dren.

Garda Donal Doyle said in his Vic­tim Im­pact State­ment: ‘On date of in­ci­dent I had in ex­cess of twelve years’ ser­vice in An Garda Siochana and had at­tended count­less volatile in­ci­dents over those years. I can say with con­fi­dence and no ex­ag­ger­a­tion this was the scari­est in­ci­dent I ever at­tended, where I gen­uinely feared for my life. Garda Scallan and my­self went to the dwelling so the lady could col­lect some clothes for her­self and three chil­dren so they could be brought to safety.

‘Upon en­ter­ing the apart­ment, my­self and my col­league, were im­me­di­ately con­fronted in the liv­ing room, threat­ened and in­tim­i­dated with a bot­tle, and then the de­fen­dant tried to light a gas cylin­der. We had no op­tion but to re­main in the room and to act as a hu­man bar­rier for the pro­tec­tion of the lady and chil­dren present. The de­fen­dant was in an in­tox­i­cated state and was ex­tremely in­tim­i­dat­ing.

‘When he came at us with a knife, Garda Scallan and I re­treated from the liv­ing room, while my col­league ush­ered the lady and chil­dren from the house. I held the door closed with all my strength, as he tried to open it, and it seemed like an eter­nity. I al­ready re­mem­ber think­ing to my­self, ‘If I don’t hold this my wife and four chil­dren will be vis­it­ing me in the graveyeard.

‘When my col­league had the lady and chil­dren a safe dis­tance from the apart­ment, I let go of the door and ran from the premises. I re­mem­ber driv­ing home that evening and be­ing so con­scious of how it could have ended so badly for me.’

Garda John Paul Scallan in his Vic­tim Im­pact State­ment told of hav­ing been sta­tioned in a num­ber of very busy sta­tions and in Water­ford City and of hav­ing at­tended vi­o­lent in­ci­dents in the past.

He said: ‘ This in­ci­dent def­i­nitely left a mark on me. When we went into the apart­ment all hell broke loose. I have no doubt this male would have stabbed both me and Garda Doyle if he had man­aged to open the door. Since the in­ci­dent I have been ner­vous, very con­scious of hav­ing a young fam­ily at home and af­ter this I spoke with my wife to see if this job worth stay­ing in over what had hap­pened.’

The de­fen­dant, Arthurs Kor­sakovs, in ev­i­dence said he was sorry for what had hap­pened. He said he had never been in trou­ble pre­vi­ously and worked as a long dis­tance lorry driver. He had a lot of drink taken on the oc­ca­sion as he had learned his best friend had passed away.,

Judge Quinn said he would ad­journ the mat­ter to al­low the de­fen­dant ben­e­fit from an Anger Man­age­ment course or a M.E.N.D. pro­gramme. He said he would re­mand the de­fen­dant on con­tin­u­ing bail to Jan­uary 15 next.

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