A Dublin man beat the “terrified” mother of his children, then left her with a deep hand wound in a struggle over a steak knife that she picked up to defend herself, it has been alleged.
The woman armed herself because she thought Niall Augusta (25) would kill her after he repeatedly punched her, threw her to the ground and stopped her leaving her apartment, a court heard.
He was granted conditional bail despite garda objections at Dublin District Court.
Mr Augusta, a father of two from Lombard Court, Dublin 2 is charged with assault causing harm to the woman in the north city centre on June 25.
A garda said the woman alleged the accused attacked her, punched her in the face and knocked her to the ground. She said she attempted to leave the apartment but he grabbed hold of her. It was alleged she tried to flee but he chased her and dragged her back.
She said she was terrified and thought the accused would kill her when she picked up a steak knife to protect herself. He pulled it from her hand and she suffered cuts to her hand, including a deep laceration to her left little finger, the garda said.
The woman also sustained bruising to her nose and eyes and a cut inside her mouth. She was attending a plastic surgeon in relation to the hand injury.
The garda said CCTV evidence showed the woman entering a local kebab takeaway after midnight with injuries consistent with her allegations.
Mr Augusta was wearing bloodstained clothes and these were seized as evidence.
The garda said he had serious concerns the accused, if bailed, would attempt to dissuade the woman from pursuing her complaint.
She was “vulnerable” and he exerted “considerable control” over her, the garda said.
Applying for bail, defence solicitor Yvonne Bambury said the accused had been at the woman’s house by invitation. He was presumed innocent and it would take some time to get DPP directions.
Judge John King granted bail to include an independent surety of €2,000, half in cash.
Under conditions, Mr Augusta must have no contact with the alleged victim and stay intoxicant-free at all times.
He was remanded in custody with consent to bail.