Friday 23 March 2018

Woman granted protection order after husband claims he's an 'exorcist priest'

Court hears the man claimed the family’s Bible caught fire while he was performing an exorcism

A woman was granted a domestic violence protection order after a judge heard that the woman’s ex-partner claimed he was an exorcist.

The woman told Arklow District Court that the man claimed he was a priest who specialised in exorcism, and he purchased a “Mass kit” containing a cross and holy water, the Irish Times reports.

The man would carry out an exorcism in a room that he thought was possessed. He claimed the family’s Bible caught fire while he was performing an exorcism, the court heard.

When the woman once complained that she had a headache, the man told her she was possessed and he attempted an exorcism, the court heard.

“He said I had a demon of some sort,” the woman told Judge David Kennedy.

The woman said she believed her ex-partner talked in this manner in order to intimidate her.

He also claimed he was mentally ill and had been in an institution. On another occasion he told her he was in drugs gang.

One night when their baby was asleep, the man took hold of a kitchen knife and threatened to cut his arms open. When the woman tried to take the knife away he hit her in the face, knocking her over.

The couple’s relationship ended earlier this year and when the woman sought maintenance through the courts he threatened her and, afraid, she withdrew the summons, the court was told.

The judge granted the protection order, which requires her ex-partner not to use violence or threaten to use violence against her. A hearing date for a safety order, which gives longer-term protection, was set for September.

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