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Partner attacked for working in massage parlour

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 14, 2013

Swansea Magistrates Court

A MAN who was seen subjecting his partner to a sustained and brutal attack saw a "red mist" after finding out she was working in a massage parlour, a court heard.

Isiyn Simeonov, 22, assaulted his partner Zhania Toneva on January 7.

Swansea magistrates were told Miss Toneva did not want to make a complaint after her partner had punched and kicked her and hit her head into the side of the car several times.

But the prosecution was brought after two colleagues saw the incident from a first floor window, overlooking the city centre car park where the attack happened.

Prosecutor Laura Carthew said one of the women's attention was drawn to Simeonov, of Wheatfield Terrace, who was kicking karate style kicks into the side of a car she was sitting in. The pair then called police, describing the assault, which lasted up to 10 minutes as "sustained and brutal".

"They described seeing the defendant pulling the victim out of the car by her shoulder-length blonde hair, using her hair to grab hold of her and strike her head several times against the car door frame and, at some point, during the assault, sit on top of her while she was in the car," said Mrs Carthew.

The second witness said she watched Simeonov repeatedly punch and kick Miss Toneva.

Because Miss Toneva did not make a formal complaint, no record of her injuries could be taken by police.

Ian Hopkins, representing Simeonov said Miss Toneva did not have any injuries except a small scratch to her hand.

"He is a 22-year-old man of clean character in Bulgaria and in the UK and when he heard certain information, he reacted as he did," said Mr Hopkins. "It's an unpleasant set of circumstances, my client accepts that, but I hope you can see the context.

"We can't excuse what he did but when he received this information, he just saw the red mist."

Simeonov admitted a charge of assault.

Magistrates imposed an eight week custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to complete 120 hours of unpaid work and pay £85 in costs as well as an £80 victim surcharge.

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