Thursday 14 November 2019

Waiter who attacked ex partner and stubbed cigarette in his face admits assault charge, court told

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Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

A WAITER who attacked his male ex-partner in the street, stubbing a cigarette out on his face, has admitted assault and harassment charges.

Djar Carlos De Oliveira (27), a student nutritionist, also bit into his wrist and tried to stab the man’s new boyfriend with a kitchen knife in the street.

He persisted in contacting the victim after their breakup, demanding answers as to why he ended the relationship, and threatening: “I will destroy your life.”

Dublin District Court heard De Oliveira went on to continue harassing him with text messages while on bail.

The accused had been “bereft” at the split, and “took it extremely badly” when his ex started a new relationship.

Judge William Early deferred sentencing and adjourned the case, ordering a probation report.

However, he said he would suspend a one-year sentence if the accused co-operated and kept to his bail conditions.

De Oliveira, a Brazilian national with an address at Dublin’s North Circular Road, pleaded guilty to assaulting his ex-partner at Chancery Hall Apartments, Blackhall Place on October 30, 2013, and producing a kitchen knife in a dispute at Blackhall Place on January 23 this year.

He further admitted harassing the victim at various locations between June 3 and August 24, 2014 with hundreds of missed calls and text messages.

Previously, a garda sergeant told the court: 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 sergeant said the victim and his new partner 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 victim’s statement read, De Oliveira “bit me on the left wrist, which drew blood.”

In the attempted stabbing, there was a scuffle in which De Oliveira pulled a knife with a four-inch blade out of his jacket pocket and “went for” the victim's new partner.

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

De Oliveira also pleaded guilty to a new charge today, of harassing the victim between June 16 and September 7 this year. He again made phone calls and sent text messages to the victim, questioning his relationship status.

He also followed him back to his new address and loitered there.

The accused had come here three years ago, was in college and hoped to become a nutritionist.

“He accepts his behaviour was entirely inappropriate,” defence solicitor Yvonne Bambury said. “He felt genuinely bereft and upset at the loss of the relationship.”

The accused, who had since been diagnosed with OCD, apologised.

He had had some alcohol taken at the time of some of the events, Ms Bambury said.

Judge Early adjourned the case to January and said he would suspend the sentence for two years if the accused co-operated fully with the probation service.

Otherwise, he said, the case could be re-entered and the sentence imposed.

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