Guilty plea over attempted murder of wife with kettle bell

Man to be sentenced later over attack following breakdown of marriage

Lounes Ouachek of St Dominic’s Terrace, Tallaght, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the attempted murder of Ruta Ouachek (35) at that address on August 23rd, 2012.  Photograph: Reuters

Lounes Ouachek of St Dominic’s Terrace, Tallaght, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the attempted murder of Ruta Ouachek (35) at that address on August 23rd, 2012. Photograph: Reuters

Mon, Jul 14, 2014, 16:24

A 44-year-old Algerian man who attempted to murder his wife by bludgeoning her in the head with a kettle bell is to be sentenced later.

Lounes Ouachek of St Dominic’s Terrace, Tallaght, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the attempted murder of Ruta Ouachek (35) at that address on August 23rd, 2012.

The court was told the couple’s marriage broke down after he lost his job and Ms Ouachek had commenced an engineering degree.

Ouachek, who was a “devout Muslim”, “was unhappy about the path she was going on”, the court heard.

The court heard that after he tried to kill his wife, Ouachek left the house, pulled the blinds, drove her car to Dublin airport and flew to Tunisia without telling anyone that she was injured.

Ms Ouachek, who is originally from Lithuania, was later found lying unconscious on the bathroom floor of her home in St Dominic’s Terrace after a neighbour, who collected her daughter from creche that evening, alerted gardaí.

Tom O’ Connell SC, prosecuting, told the court she was initially taken to Tallaght Hospital, where she was found to have a complex fracture to the base of her skull. She was later transferred to Beaumont Hospital.

The head injury resulted in bruising to the right side of her brain, which affected motor function to her face and sensory problems in her left arm and fingers.

The court heard the couple arrived in Ireland in 2005 and had married in 2011 in Algeria.

The couple had a daughter in 2007, and the court heard Ouachek took the girl to Algeria without his wife’s consent in February 2012.

By May 2012 the couple had separated, and Ms Ouachek said she wanted a divorce.

Ouachek left Ireland in July 2012, and after his return in August the court heard he was to some extent stalking his wife and had called to a number of childcare facilities to find out where his daughter was.

Supt Peter Duff told Mr O’Connell that Ms Ouachek obtained a barring order on August 21st of that year.

Ms Ouachek had some of her husband’s possessions stored in the boot of her car and her husband asked her where his metal kettle bell, used for weight lifting, was located.

She handed it to him and she said her next memory was being on the kitchen floor on her back with her husband sitting on top of her, hitting her on both sides of the head with the kettle bell.