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Off-duty garda 'stopped man's alleged attack and knife threat on wife'

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A French engineer who allegedly attacked his wife and threatened her with a kitchen knife in their Dublin home was disarmed by a passing off-duty garda who heard the woman's cries for help, a court heard.

Father-of-two Franck L'Amour (52) is accused of grabbing his wife by the throat, producing the knife and threatening to hurt her during a "serious domestic incident".

Judge John Cheatle remanded him in custody with consent to bail.

Mr L'Amour is charged with assault causing harm and producing a kitchen knife with a three-inch blade at Bird Avenue, Clonskeagh, on Tuesday.

Objecting to bail, Garda Alan Conlon told Dublin District Court it was alleged the accused repeatedly slapped his wife's face and held her around the throat, causing bruising to her face and neck.

He said an off-duty garda intervened, caught the accused "red-handed", disarmed and restrained him.

Further serious charges could be brought. The garda said it was alleged Mr L'Amour made numerous threats to hurt his wife and she had stated she was strongly in fear for her life.

Mr L'Amour's lawyer said the main garda objection seemed to be a fear that the accused would interfere with a witness - the alleged victim.

The garda said his objection was for "the preservation of life".

He agreed that the incident alleged was serious but it was "singular" and arose from a domestic situation.

Through an interpreter, the accused said he could stay in a hotel.

Mr L'Amour said he had been with his wife for 25 years and nothing had happened before.

The judge granted bail in his own bond of €1,000, half of which is to be lodged in cash.

Under conditions, Mr L'Amour must observe a curfew between 9pm and 6am, have no contact directly or indirectly with the complainant, provide gardaí with an address, remain of sober habits and stay out of the southside of Dublin.

Irish Independent