Wrexham man lost temper and attacked wife

Published date: 14 January 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A QUALIFIED accountant doing factory work in the Wrexham area to support his wife’s education has admitted attacking her.

Sri Lankan national Maligawe Akalanka, 26, is alleged to have stood on his wife’s stomach and bounced up and down and punched her 15 or 20 times.

It was claimed in court that he threatened to kill her if she told anyone and then forced her to write a letter saying she consented to a divorce.

Akalanka, who appeared from custody at Flintshire Magistrates Court at Mold yesterday, admitted assaulting his wife Prasanthika Kumarasiri, who is studying for a Masters degree.

But he claimed there were only four punches, that he had put his knee on her stomach and he denied making any threat to kill.

Akalanka, of Dolydd Road, Wrexham, was remanded in custody so evidence can be called to decide on what basis he should be sentenced.

Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, said the couple married in 2012 and it was claimed problems began a month after the marriage, and last September they moved to North Wales where the wife was studying.

On January 11 he wanted to go out and she wanted time to get ready. He lost his temper and he told her he wanted to go back to Sri Lanka and find a nice girl. It was alleged he told her to call her father and say she wanted a divorce.

The prosecution alleged he grabbed his wife by the throat and punched her between 15 and 20 times in the face. He stood on her stomach and bounced up and down.

She was said to be screaming at him to stop. It was claimed he threatened to kill her if she told anyone about it and said he would go back to Sri Lanka the next day.

It was claimed he made her write a letter saying she was willing to give him a divorce. Later, when he was listening to music, she ran out of the house.

Interviewed, Akalanka said they moved to the UK on his wife’s student visa last September but there had been a relationship breakdown.

Akalanka accepted losing control and punching his wife but said that was because she was screaming and shouting. He did not accept the other allegations made.

Gary Harvey, defending, said he appreciated there was a difference between the two versions of events but he asked for Akalanka to be bailed.

He was a qualified accountant with no previous convictions who was working in factories to support his wife as she studied for her Masters degree.

But magistrates rejected the bail application.

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