Tuesday 23 April 2019

Man threatened to 'slit wife's throat' court is told

Balbriggan District Court
Balbriggan District Court

Nicola Donnelly

A man who threatened his wife that he will slit her throat during an early morning domestic incident claims he has no memory of what he shouted at her, a court has heard.

The man who can't be named under the new Domestic Violence Act, started shouting at his wife in the kitchen at 4am, putting her in fear.

Balbriggan District Court heard the man shouted at her and threatened her by saying: 'I'll slit your throat.'

The man admitted to the court that he breached a protection order that was in place on January 8 at their home address.

He has 13 previous road traffic convictions, the court heard.

Sergeant Darren Farrelly told Balbriggan District Court that the injured party called gardai and informed them a protection order was in place and she was put in fear by her husband.

The man's solicitor told Balrbriggan District Court that the couple have been married a number of years.

'Although he is pleading to the breach of the protection order, he tells me he has no recollection of a large part of the night,' the defendant's solicitor said.

'He has mental health issues and mixed medication with drink,' the solicitor added.

'He made serious threats but has no memory of them.'

The solicitor said the man is 'taking steps' to sort himself out.

Judge Dermot Dempsey ordered a Probation Report and adjourned the case until June 13.

'The Probation Service may be able to assist,' Judge Dempsey said.

Fingal Independent