Thursday, May 12, 2022

Naas Courthouse

By Court Reporter

A MAN who smashed his wife’s phone, while quoting from the Bible when he was drunk, was told to seek rehabilitation through the Probation Service or face a jail sentence.

The man, who can’t be named to protect the alleged victim, appeared at Naas District Court last week. He is charged with breaching a Protection Order and criminal damage at an address in Newbridge on 4 December last.

“His wife called us,” said Garda Conor Sheehan.

“She told us he was highly intoxicated, he was putting her in danger, he smashed her phone while referencing Bible quotes and smashed a photo. He was not making much sense,” said Gda Sheehan, who revealed the couple had two children together, one of whom is under 18.

“Would they have witnessed this?” asked Judge Desmond Zaidan.

“It would’ve been hard not to,” said the guard.

“I’m sorry you had to witness that, but thanks for your help” said the judge to the older child, who had accompanied the mother to court.

“The husband has admitted wrongdoing?” asked the judge.

“Since the incident, conditions require that he stay away from the family house,” said Gda Sheehan.

“It doesn’t matter what order I make, this isn’t pleasant at all,” said the judge, who then checked with the attending Probation Officer to see if he was able to take cases related to domestic violence.

“If he doesn’t take this opportunity I’m going to send him to prison. I’m giving him the chance to go to rehab through the Probation Office,” said the judge.

Defending solicitor Brian Larkin said: “Judge, my client is very apologetic, he hasn’t breached anything since.”

“How do you tell kids their dad is in prison for abusing their mum?” asked the judge rhetorically, before adjourning a ruling until 7 July to hear from the Probation Service.

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