A man who falsely imprisoned and "ferociously" beat his ex-girlfriend because she had found a new partner may get community service, a judge has indicated.
The Central Criminal Court heard the 30-year-old woman woke up in her bed to find Robert Maguire (34) standing over her and spitting on her.
He threatened to kill her before kicking her in the genitals and beating her unconsciousness as their children screamed at the bedroom door.
The court heard that Maguire had picked up the baby from the cot, opened the bedroom door and gave her to the oldest son.
The woman was screaming for help or for someone to call gardaí when Maguire locked the bedroom door and told her he was going to kill her "stone dead". He then kicked her until she became unconscious.
The woman told the court that both she and her eldest child, then aged nine, have been severely traumatised by the attack.
Yesterday, Mr Justice Paul Butler ordered the Probation Service to assess whether Maguire is suitable for community service.
Maguire, of Colthurst Gardens, Hunting Glen, Lucan, Dublin, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm and false imprisonment in the woman's Dublin home on January 14, 2012.
Maguire is the father of three of her children.
The defence said it was a "ferocious but brief" attack that must have been humiliating for the victim.
Mr Justice Butler remanded Maguire on continuing bail until May 22.