A Bournemouth man appeared before the East Dorset Magistrates Court yesterday charged with the assault of his girlfriend on the December 26 last year.
Nikolajs Morozovz, of Alma Road, allegedly slapped his girlfriend, Diana Pilane, and tried to forcibly drag her through the house in the early hours of the morning, a charge to which he has pleaded not guilty.
Morozovz claimed that Ms Pilane was drunk and that he was merely trying to get her to bed so their 6-year-old daughter who was also in the house ,could get some sleep.
When asked if he accepted any part of the court’s description of the events as assault, Morozovz said, through a Russian interpreter: “Maybe I underestimated my strength, I tried to calm everyone down so everyone could go to bed and the drinking would stop.”
However, the court stated that when the police attended the scene of the alleged assault, they were under the impression that Ms Pilane was not drunk, and that Morozovz assaulted her for no reason. The prosecution also stated that when the police arrived at the scene, Morozovz and Pilane’s daughter was in “considerable distress”.
The defendant asked that the conditions of his bail, that he was to have no contact with Ms Pilane, be lifted so that he would be able to see his daughter. The court said that seeing his daughter should be organised through an intermediary, and was to be completely at Ms Pilane’s discretion.
Morozovz appeared before the court without legal representation, saying that his last solicitor had lost his documents and that he “didn’t want anything to do with them”.
District Judge House, presiding over the case, urged the defendant to seek legal counsel before the next hearing, set for March 21st.