Friday 20 April 2018

Prosecutors given more time 'to consider' case against man accused of stubbing out a cigarette on ex-partner's face

Carlos De Oliveria of North Circular Road. Charged with assault, harassment and production of a knife. Pic: Justin Farrelly
Carlos De Oliveria of North Circular Road. Charged with assault, harassment and production of a knife. Pic: Justin Farrelly

By Andrew Phelan

PROSECUTORS have been given more time "to consider" the case against a young man accused of stubbing out a cigarette on his male ex-partner's face.

The defendant, Carlos De Oliveria (27) is also alleged to have bitten into his wrist and tried to stab the man’s new boyfriend with a kitchen knife.

Mr De Oliveira, who faces harassment, assault and knife charges, was remanded on continuing bail after a judge granted the adjournment at Dublin District Court today.

The incidents are alleged to have happened after Mr De Oliveria (27) did not take the breakup of the relationship “too kindly.”

The accused, a Brazilian national with an address at Dublin’s North Circular Road, is charged with assaulting his ex-partner at Chancery Hall Apartments, Blackhall Place on October 30, 2013.

He is further charged with harassing him at various locations on dates between June 3 and August 24, 2014 with hundreds of missed calls and text messages.

The final charge is that he produced a kitchen knife in the course of a dispute at Blackhall Place on January 23 this year.

Today, defence solicitor Declan Fahy told Judge John Coughlan he understood the DPP was looking for another four weeks "to consider the matter."

A State solicitor said this was correct and Judge Coughlan adjourned the case to a date next month.

The accused did not address the court during the brief hearing.

Previously, another judge, Patricia McNamara said she needed to see a victim impact statement before deciding whether the case can be dealt with at district court level.

A garda sergeant told the court the alleged injured party finished a relationship with the accused, who “didn’t take the end of the relationship too kindly.”

“He persisted in contacting the injured party on a continuous basis,” the sergeant said. “He sent messages demanding answers as to why the relationship had ended.”

One of the texts read: “Why can’t you answer me? I am going to destroy your life, I am going to Facebook your family.”

The court heard, the alleged victim was in a relationship with somebody else and this caused the accused "angst."

The sergeant said the alleged victim and his “new friend” were exiting a Spar shop when the accused grabbed him, refused to let go and “quenched his cigarette out” on his face, under his eye.

The alleged victim’s statement read, Mr De Oliveria “bit me on the left wrist, which drew blood.”

In the last incident, there was a scuffle in which the defendant allegedly pulled a knife with a four-inch blade out of his jacket pocket and “went for” the alleged victim's "new friend", the court was told.

The accused tried to stab him, making a jabbing motion downwards. The alleged victim’s friend managed to get the knife out of the defendant’s hand and threw it to one side.

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