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Judge refuses protection order to man whose wife claims he ‘secretly married three or four ladies’


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A JUDGE has refused to grant a domestic violence protection order to a man “with three wives”.

At the Family Law Court in Ennis, Co Clare, Judge Alec Gabbett told the man he was refusing him the protection order against his wife as his evidence didn’t meet the threshold for the granting of one.

At the outset of the case, Judge Gabbett said "you are the man with the three wives”, adding that he was familiar with him as he had granted a protection order to the man’s wife in the same court last week.

In her successful application for a protection order, the woman said she hasn’t had intimate relations with her husband since summer 2021 “because of infidelity as he secretly got married to three of four ladies in Nigeria”.

She said the intimate relationship with her husband also ended due to his anger and aggressive behaviour that included death threats, sexual harassment, intimidation and verbal abuse.

In her application, she recalled recently sitting on her bed praying when her husband barged into the room.

She said: “I don’t feel comfortable or safe around him anymore… I told him to take his belongings out of the bedroom as there is no relationship between us anymore and we are sleeping in separate bedrooms.”

The woman said she told her husband to leave “as he is disturbing our peace in the house”.

She added: “He walked up to me and touched me in the private area and I told him never to touch me there again or else I would call the gardaí.

“He started insulting me and calling me awful names. He then walked out of the bedroom and came back and kicked the door open extremely hard and the chain on the door broke."

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The woman said that her husband “threatened to kill me and demonstrated a slitting-throat sign with his hand”.

With regard to the man’s application for a protection order, Judge Gabbett said: “There are allegations and counter allegations here and that is the difficulty I have today.”

In his application, the man said he is “always bullied and insulted in my home by my spouse”... [she said] she doesn’t need me anymore and I should go back to Africa where I came from”.

Judge Gabbett said it was understandable that the woman had thrown his things out of the house.

The man said that his wife recently “threatened my life and said she would throw me in the bin”.

Judge Gabbett asked: “How would she throw you in the bin?”

He told the man that the hearing of his wife's safety order, which will replace the temporary protection order, will be heard in court later this month.

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