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Family feud Judge tells husband at war with wife to remove CCTV cameras from inside family home

It was previously alleged in court that the man did not call an ambulance for his wife after she suffered two minor heart attacks

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A judge has told a man in dispute with his wife for installing CCTV cameras inside the family home to remove them.

At the Family Law Court, Judge Mary Larkin told the man to “pull down that CCTV and get on with it”.

She told the man: “The privacy of the family home is sacrosanct.”

It was previously alleged in court that the man did not call an ambulance for his wife after she suffered two minor heart attacks.

The two are married over 40 years and have previously given undertakings in court not to enter each other’s bedrooms and bathrooms at their home.

No details were provided in court concerning which parts of the house the man has installed the CCTV cameras in but Judge Larkin told him: "You are not entitled to observe people going to a toilet or going to bed or getting up or eating.

"There is no way that you can put CCTV into a home. It is in breach of a person’s human rights. You just can’t do that.”

She told the man: “You cannot breach someone’s privacy like that. If I was to put CCTV in your toilet or your bedroom, how would you be about that?”

The man said that he agreed with Judge Larkin’s comment that the privacy of the home was sacrosanct and explained: "I had to bring the video cameras because I was blamed for pulling an aerial wire and TV wire off the wall which I never did.”

The couple were both before the family law court as they had applications for domestic violence safety orders against each other.

Judge Larkin told the two that she was striking out all proceedings.

She recommended that the two go before the circuit court for judicial separation proceedings.

“This couple are extremely unhappy with each other,” she said.

“I’m sorry, I don’t have a magic wand and I can’t compel people to live together if they don’t want to.”

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She told the couple: “Get your act together and get separated.”

Judge Larkin said that didn’t believe she could resolve the differences between the two and that these are “ongoing issues that relate to the long-term disintegration of the relationship between the parties”.

The solicitor for the husband said there are adult children with grandchildren living in the council house.

Judge Larkin said: “These are all grown adults. They shouldn't be relying on their parents to provide for them. They have absolutely no regard for their parents and the parents should be allowed to live alone within the house.”

At a previous court sitting in June of this year, the woman said she was suffering chest pains at home when she sought assistance from her husband.

The woman said after she asked for an ambulance her husband told to “f-off and he wouldn’t call an ambulance for me”.

The woman told Judge Larkin: “I had to call the ambulance myself and I was brought to hospital.”


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