A HUSBAND beat his estranged wife with his fists for “an extended period” during a heated row, it is alleged.
Restaurant worker Wan Gao (44) allegedly attacked his wife, leaving her face bruised and swollen.
He is denying the allegations and the case against him was adjourned when he appeared in Dublin District Court.
Mr Gao, of Belmount Court, Gardiner Street, pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm to the woman at that address on July 14 last year.
Garda Sergeant Maire McDevitt said the DPP directed that the case could be dealt with summarily at district court level if the judge accepted jurisdiction.
Outlining the prosecution’s case, she told Judge Bryan Smyth the alleged victim called gardaí and claimed her estranged husband had assaulted her following an argument that became heated.
She alleged that he came over to the corner of the kitchen where she was, she slapped him and he then “beat her with his fists for an extended period of time”, the court was told.
The woman suffered injuries – bruising and swelling to her face – as a result, the sergeant said.
Judge Smyth accepted jurisdiction for the case to remain in the district court.
He was told there would be seven witnesses called in the hearing when it takes place.
The accused was remanded on continuing bail to later this month, to set a trial date.