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A WOMAN who called gardaí alleging her partner had breached a barring order at her home had been "sharing a bed" with him a week earlier, a court heard.

The woman claimed she locked herself and her baby into a bathroom after her partner turned up at her house and started kicking the front door.

"The whole house was shaking due to the kicks", she told Blanchardstown District Court.

Her 23-year-old partner is accused of breaching a barring order on June 22 last.

Gardaí had objected to bail, saying they feared the accused would return to the house.

In her evidence, the woman said the accused kept phoning her but she told him not to turn up to the house.

She said he did turn up and started kicking the door.

She said she locked herself and her baby in an en-suite bathroom as she was afraid of him getting into the house.

The woman accepted her partner had stayed over to see the baby.

In the week before the alleged incident, they had shared a bed for three nights.

Judge Gerard Jones said the woman had sought and got a barring order against her partner. Despite this, he was sharing her bed.

Granting bail to the accused, Judge Jones said that if someone seeks a court order and gets it, then it should be abided by.

"It really complicates things when the person is allowed back in," he added.

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