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A MAN who called his wife "despicable" names and put her in fear told gardaí to "arrest the real criminals".

The accused called his wife a "tramp, a prostitute and a whore" and pushed her around their flat in breach of a domestic violence order.

Judge Brian O'Shea gave him a four-month suspended sentence.

The man, in his 40s, pleaded guilty to breaching a protection order.

Dublin District Court heard gardaí were called to the accused's Dublin home on July 4, 2019, and the victim told them her husband had called her a "tramp and a prostitute" after she asked him to "keep the noise down".

When arrested and charged, he said: "That is lies."

Shouting

On July 24, 2019, gardaí were called by neighbours who heard "loads of shouting and arguing" at the address.

The court heard the accused had again insulted his wife and pushed her several times.

He struggled when arrested, and said: "I breached no f**king order, arrest the real criminals, the drug dealers."

The accused had long-standing alcohol problems which were "particularly pronounced at the time", his solicitor said.

Judge O'Shea said what the accused said was despicable but the spate of behaviour was "somewhat out of character".

The judge said he was impressed with the steps the man had taken to rehabilitate himself and reconcile with his wife and family.

He suspended the sentence for nine months.

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