'Dad pulled knife' on schoolgirl, court told

TERRIFIED: Daughter (17) fears she'll meet him on street

Eimear Cotter

A TEENAGE girl whose father allegedly pulled a knife on her during a row in the family home wants him to stay out of west Dublin.

A court heard that the 17-year-old is "genuinely in fear" of her father and she is afraid of meeting him on her way to, or from school.

He is alleged to have pulled a knife on her and threatened to kill her during a dispute in the family home in Blanchardstown.

A judge ordered that the defendant must stay out of the whole Dublin 15 area, except for court appearances.

The man, who is in his 40s, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with threats to kill his daughter, contrary to Section 5 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, 1997.


He is also accused of wielding a knife during the course of a dispute at the family home in Blanchardstown on October 18.

Garda Keith Mention told the court that the man, who cannot be named to protect his daughter, was previously ordered to stay out of two areas of Dublin 15.

Garda Mention asked the judge to extend this order to include all of Blanchardstown.

He said the victim is "genuinely in fear" of her father.

Judge John O'Neill told the defendant, who is currently living with his brother in south Dublin, to keep out of the whole Blanchardstown area.

He also reminded the defendant of his conditions of bail, and said that he must have no contact, either directly or indirectly with the alleged victim or any witnesses in the case.

The court heard that DPP's directions are outstanding on the matter, and the defendant faces the possibility of further charges.

Judge O'Neill adjourned the case to a date in January for DPP's directions on the charges.