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Jilted lover who turned up at wrong wrong house avoids jail after assaulting stranger

Petite Agne Vinksnaite carried out the 'totally unprovoked' attack after attempting to confront a married man she'd been sleeping with
Agne Vinksnaite at her home this week

Agne Vinksnaite at her home this week

Steven Moore

This is the furious lover who put the 'Boxing' in Boxing Day after going to confront a married man she'd been sleeping with - but got the wrong house and assaulted a stranger!

In fact, petite Agne Vinksnaite was convicted of committing grievous bodily harm on a female - an offence which carries a potential five-year jail sentence.

The bizarre festive fracas took place after the 29-year-old from Ballymena went to the wrong address and an altercation took place with a woman.

A judge described her appalling behaviour as a "totally unprovoked and unwarranted assault" and said the attack had left her victim with "significant physical and emotional injuries."

The fiery mum had apparently grown tired of the affections of a married man who wanted to continue the relationship while staying with his wife.

Despite looking like butter-wouldn't-melt, the Lithuanian mum of two launched a shocking attack on the female at a new-build house in the Railway Street area of the bible belt town last Christmas.

Vinksnaite won’t serve time

Vinksnaite won’t serve time

But when we confronted the 'Boxing Day Brawler' at her home in Dunclug Park this week, she was taken aback at the interest in her case.

And she seemed to suggest she had not been treated fairly - despite escaping with a suspended prison sentence.

When we put it to her that she carried out a nasty attack on an innocent woman, she replied: "I attacked nobody, it was an accident, it was all an accident."

She confirmed she had feared she could end up behind bars.

"Yes, I was worried about going to jail because of my children. I can't believe this is going to be in the papers. It was just an accident."

This week at Ballymena Magistrates Court Vinksnaite, who had the help of a Lithuanian interpreter, came face-to-face with the victim who attended court to see her attacker sentenced.

The injured woman was assaulted in the Railway Street area of Ballymena on the evening of December 26 last year, the court was told.

She was left with injuries including bruising to her eye which was "swollen shut" and there were cuts near her eyebrow and nose.

Police attended Vinksnaite's address a couple of miles away and found her with cuts to her hand and blood on her tracksuit bottoms.

The court was told Vinksnaite had no previous record while a defence barrister explained his client had gone to an address to speak to the wife of a man the defendant had been in a relationship with.

He said the injured woman was in "the wrong place at the wrong time" as the defendant had gone to the "wrong address".

Our man Steven chats with Agne

Our man Steven chats with Agne

The lawyer said Vinksnaite had been "involved in a relationship with a married gentleman".

He said the relationship had ended but there appeared to have been "some ongoing romantic attachment" from the man.

The barrister said the man had "ongoing feelings" which the defendant was "uncomfortable about and for whatever reason she had gone on this particular day to this married man's home to confront him and tell his wife of the situation".

However, the lawyer added, Vinksnaite went "to the wrong address".

He explained the woman who "came out" was the injured party. They were "not known to each other".

However, he said the injured party was aware the defendant had been involved with the married man.

On Boxing Day night, he continued, it appeared there had been some form of "altercation" and Vinksnaite believed she had struck the woman in her eye with her elbow.

The defence lawyer said Vinksnaite had been an "upstanding" member of the community in Lithuania and then in Northern Ireland since arriving in 2016.

He added it had been "wrong place, wrong time, and Ms Vinksnaite approached someone that was not the person she wished to speak to".

District Judge Nigel Broderick handed down a six-month jail term suspended for two years.

He said there was "every reason" why she should be jailed but there had been a guilty plea, a clear record and she was the mother of two young children.

In some respects, the assault was "out of character but serious nonetheless," he said. A two-year restraining order was also put in place.

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