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Assault case Pharmaceuticals worker on 'concoction of cocaine and alcohol' when he attacked partner at their home

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan told Blanchardstown District Court when gardaí went to the address, they saw the woman had injuries to her neck and there was blood coming from her mouth.

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Gareth Canning

Gareth Canning

Gareth Canning

A PHARMACEUTICALS worker was on a "concoction of cocaine and alcohol" when he assaulted and injured his partner at their home.

Gareth Canning (39) was charged after the woman called gardaí and they found her bleeding from the mouth and suffering neck injuries.

She later withdrew her complaint but the DPP proceeded with the prosecution and Canning pleaded guilty. Judge Gerard Jones said he would strike the case out, leaving him without a criminal record.

However, he adjourned the case for a year to check that there was no repeat and "to be sure to be sure that this lady is safe".

Canning, a father-of-two from Rowlagh Gardens, Clondalkin, admitted assault causing harm to his partner on July 13 last year.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan told Blanchardstown District Court when gardaí went to the address, they saw the woman had injuries to her neck and there was blood coming from her mouth.

"This was completely out of character," defence barrister Ciaran MacLoughlin said.

Canning had been suffering from addiction issues and on the night he had taken a "concoction of cocaine and alcohol".

He did not recall the incident.

The accused and his partner were still together and working on their relationship, but a lot of trust had been broken, Mr MacLoughlin said.

Canning worked for a major firm in biopharmaceutical processing, the court heard.

Mr MacLoughlin asked the court to leave the accused without a criminal record, saying Canning would lose his job if he got a conviction.

Judge Jones said as the victim was not willing to give evidence, it would have presented a difficulty for the state if the case had been contested.

He adjourned Canning's case for a year "to see that he doesn't misbehave".

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"If there is a repeat of this, he is heading in one direction," the judge warned.

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