'Wife who hates me tried to poison me with paracetamol'
A father has told a court that his wife "tried to finish me off" by poisoning his protein powder.
During a successful barring order application against his wife at the family law court in Ennis, Co Clare, the man said that his wife "tried to kill me" when mixing crushed paracetamol tablets with his whey powder in August of this year.
The gym enthusiast said the only thing that saved him when tasting the contaminated whey powder in a water mix "was that it was so vile after taking the first slug out of the bottle, I didn't drink any more".
In the witness box, the man said: "If I had drank it all and I was on the motorway, I could have got dizzy, conked out - whatever."
The man said that he and his wife had enjoyed "a normal marriage" until the last two years, when "something changed in my wife and she seemed to be on a track on trying to damage and harm me in any way she could".
The man said his wife had accused him of having an affair with his own sister and a work colleague. He said: "My wife had [said] that she hates me, she wants me dead and she is going to get rid of me and her behaviour had become more violent and vicious."
He said his wife was shouting "that I was having sex with my older sister".
Addressing Judge Patrick Durcan and breaking down and sobbing, the man said: "I am a good dad and I love my kids.
"I want to be here as long as I can and the fact that someone that I loved since the day I met her would decide to poison me..."
The man added: "That is why I have asked for the barring order, judge, because I am afraid that something else will happen. I am in fear of my life and my children's lives."
In the case, Judge Durcan granted the man and the couple's children a barring order for 12 months against the woman.
The wife wept as Judge Durcan made his order and he said that the woman "did terrible things" to her husband.
Asked about mixing the crushed paracetamol tablets with the whey powder, she said: "I wasn't trying to kill him like he said.
"If I wanted to kill him, I would have put a load in."