Sunday 25 August 2019

Father kicked teenage daughter in the face when she confronted him over his drinking, court hears

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Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

AN ALCOHOLIC father-of-six kicked his teenage daughter in the face when she took his beer from the fridge after she argued with him about his drinking.

The father (40) left the girl (16) bleeding from the nose and mouth and when the gardai were called to the house, he punched her in the face in a second attack.

He became so violent when he was arrested he had to be pepper-sprayed.

Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned the case to establish if the girl wished to make a victim impact statement.

The accused, who cannot be named because of the victim’s age, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to his daughter and obstructing gardai in the incident at his north Dublin home.

Garda Adrian O’Hanlon said the accused’s daughter came home at 10.30pm on August 8, 2016 and an argument took place around his alcohol consumption.

The daughter took two cans from the fridge and went up to her bedroom. The accused followed her upstairs, took the two cans off her and kicked her in the face, causing her nose and mouth to bleed, Garda O’Hanlon said.

The gardai were called and arrived at 11.30pm, when they began taking a report in the kitchen. The accused was very irate but calmed down after the gardai spoke to him.

He asked to go to retrieve a t-shirt from a back bedroom and as he passed the victim, he struck her with a closed fist in the face.

When gardai arrested him he resisted violently and this continued out of the house until incapacitant spray had to be used to subdue him.

Having liaised with the family since, Garda O’Hanlon said alcohol “would be an aggravating factor.”

The accused was not drinking any more, his barrister Simon Matthews said. He had seen a doctor and was seeking help for his alcoholism.

The accused was “extremely embarrassed” about what happened and understood it was no way to treat his family. He had a severe alcohol dependency for “quite a while” and did not know how many drinks he had on the night.

He would not be surprised if he was thrown out of his house, as his family had put up with him for quite some time.

The accused suffered from arthritis and found himself in “severe difficulty” in relation to his health.

He had nine previous convictions, but they were all for motoring offences and he had none for assault.

The accused was in a “better state” now and understood the seriousness of the offences, Mr Matthews said.

Judge Smyth asked if the girl wanted to make a victim impact statement but Garda O’Hanlon said she was not present.

The judge said it was a serious matter and he adjourned the case for two weeks. On hearing this, the accused was heard to say the case was “dragging out.”

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