Thursday 29 September 2016

Young man 'stubbed cigarette out on male ex-partner's face, bit his wrist and tried to stab his new boyfriend' - court hears

Andrew Phelan

Published 17/07/2015 | 15:28

Carlos De Oliveria of North Circular Road. Charged with assault, harassment and production of a knife. Pic: Justin Farrelly
Carlos De Oliveria of North Circular Road. Charged with assault, harassment and production of a knife. Pic: Justin Farrelly
Carlos De Oliveria of North Circular Road. Charged with assault, harassment and production of a knife. Pic: Justin Farrelly

A young man has been accused of stubbing out a cigarette on his male ex-partner's face, biting into his wrist and trying to stab his new boyfriend with a kitchen knife.

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The incidents are alleged to have happened after Carlos De Oliveria (27) did not take the breakup of the relationship “too kindly.”

Mr De Oliveria is also accused of harassing his former partner with hundreds of missed calls and text messages, threatening on one occasion that he would “destroy his life and Facebook his family.”

Mr De Oliveria, a Brazilian national with an address at North Circular Road in Dublin, is charged with assault causing harm to the alleged victim at Chancery Hall Apartments, Blackhall Place on October 30, 2013.

The accused is further charged with harassing him at various locations on dates between June 3 and August 24, 2014.

The final charge is that he produced a yellow-handled kitchen knife in the course of a dispute at Blackhall Place on January 23 this year.

Defence Solicitor Yvonne Bambury said the accused was pleading guilty but Judge Patricia McNamara said she needed to see a victim impact statement before deciding whether the case can be dealt with at district court level.

A garda sergeant told the court the injured party finished a relationship with the accused, who “didn’t take the end of the relationship too kindly.”

“He persisted in contacting the injured party on a continuous basis,” the sergeant said. “He sent messages demanding answers as to why the relationship had ended.”

One of the texts read: “Why can’t you answer me? I am going to destroy your life, I am going to Facebook your family.”

The court heard the accused also told the man he was going to tell everyone they were still in a relationship.

On one day alone, the alleged victim received 130 missed calls from the accused, around 80 of which were in a two hour period, along with 20 texts asking about the relationship.

By October 30, the court heard, the alleged victim was in a relationship with somebody else and this caused "angst" with the defendant.

The sergeant said the alleged victim and his “new friend” were exiting a Spar shop at 11pm. The accused walked toward them.

His ex tried to pass De Oliveria on the footpath, but the accused grabbed him, refused to let go and “quenched his cigarette out” on his face, under his eye.

In the ensuing scuffle, the alleged victim’s statement read, De Oliveria “bit me on the left wrist, which drew blood. I still have a mark on my hand today.”

He did not seek any medical attention.

In the last incident, the pair were walking on the street when they met the accused. The alleged victim’s "new friend" shouted at De Oliveria to go home.

There was a scuffle in which the defendant pulled a knife with a four-inch blade out of his jacket pocket and “went for” the man, the court was told.

The accused tried to stab him, making a jabbing motion downwards. The alleged victim’s friend managed to get the knife out of the defendant’s hand and threw it to one side.

Judge McNamara adjourned the case to a date in September, to consider whether to accept jurisdiction to deal with the case.

“The facts I have heard are very serious in any event,” she said.

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