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domestic violence Man who allegedly 'terrified' ex-partner and kids and threatened to 'smash' home bailed

The accused was arrested on Friday night at ex-partner's south Dublin home


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A father, who allegedly terrified his ex-partner and children and threatened to smash up their home, has been granted bail.

The man, who is in his mid-40s, appeared before Judge Paula Murphy at Dublin District Court on Saturday.

Garda Caroline Ruddell told the court the accused was arrested on Friday night at his ex-partner’s home in south Co. Dublin. He had breached a safety order which has been in force since early 2020.

He had no reply when charged under the Domestic Violence Act. He cannot be named for legal reasons.

Garda Ruddell objected to bail telling the court that the woman was too afraid to come to court.

She was very fearful and their children were traumatised by the incident. The woman was afraid her former partner would re-offend.

The court heard it was alleged the man threatened “he would come back and smash up her house”. The garda added that she was present when the threat was made.

The judge noted the accused had no record of skipping court and he did not live near his ex-partner. His solicitor explained the man would abide by any conditions and he argued that this could alleviate the concerns raised.

Granting bail, Judge Murphy ordered him to say away from the district where the woman lives, to abide by the terms of the safety order and not to contact her directly or indirectly. He must sign on a Dublin garda station three days a week.

The man spoke up to say one of his children will have their communion in the near future and “the hotel is booked”.

He was ordered to appear again in October and legal aid was granted after the judge note he was unemployed.

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