Friday 18 October 2019

Boxer broke ex's ribs with punch, court told

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Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

A man who once boxed for Ireland "viciously" punched his ex-girlfriend, leaving her with broken ribs and facial injuries, it has been alleged.

Joseph Dillon (31) is accused of punching and slapping the woman, throwing her against a wall, and saying he would "rather do time for murder than see her with anyone else".

Judge Dermot Simms refused to grant him bail at Dublin District Court and remanded him in custody.

Mr Dillon, with an address at Shangan Court, Ballymun, Dublin, is charged with assault causing harm to the woman at his home address on November 9 and 10.

Garda Elaine Treanor objected to bail, citing the nature, degree and seriousness of the allegations.

The alleged victim, who had been in a relationship with the accused for three months, presented at Ballymun garda station and made a full statement describing a "vicious" assault by him, she said.

Photographs of her injuries were presented to the court.

The accused was arrested the next day and made admissions, Gda Treanor said.

The maximum sentence for assault causing harm on conviction on indictment is five years, the garda said, adding that further charges may be proffered.

Applying for bail, defence solicitor Daniel Hanahoe questioned the garda on the "admissions" she said Mr Dillon had made in interview.

Mr Hanahoe said the accused said the alleged victim was attempting to attack him and "ran at him and he pushed her into a wall".

Mr Dillon has not yet indicated a plea to the charge.

Judge Simms remanded him in custody to appear in Cloverhill District Court next week.

Irish Independent

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