'Daddy hits me every week', girl (6) tells court

"He punched me in the eye and leg," the girl told gardai in an interview
"He punched me in the eye and leg," the girl told gardai in an interview

A GIRL has accused her father of assaulting her by punching her in the eye and leg while she was on a visit to his house.

The six-year-old told a court her father (49) hits her "every Saturday".

She alleged he said relatives were "scumbags and liars" after striking her in his sitting room.

She told Dublin District Court she felt "sad" after the alleged assault. The case against her father was adjourned.

Judge Aingeal Ni Chonduin said she wanted to consider the evidence before making a decision. The man is charged with one count of assaulting the girl on a date in March 2014.

He is pleading not guilty to the charge, which is under Section 2 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

The court was first played a video recording of the girl's garda interview in 2014.

"He punched me in the eye and leg," she said. "I said stop and he said no. It was all swollen. It made me sad."

"My eye was so sore. He done that to my eye and he done that to my leg. It was in the sitting room. I was sitting down and he just done it. He hits me every Saturday." She told a State Solicitor: "My Da did it."

She held up her fist several times when asked to show how her father had hit her.

She pointed to her shin and said "it was a big punch".

A doctor who examined her said he saw no mark on the girl's face and wrote in his report that it was an "unsubstantiated" assault claim. The girl's aunt said she was "hysterical" and crying when she picked her up.

"She actually cried herself to sleep," the aunt said.

Cross-examined by defence solicitor Chris Horrigan, the girl's aunt denied that she did not get on with the accused.

She alleged the defendant had said his daughter's older sister was "only a lesbian".

The girl then gave evidence by video link. She told Mr Horrigan she could not remember some things. "It's a long time," she said. "I forget."

Andrew Phelan via Herald