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Dad (62) threw gift at wife in row over teen

A FATHER of three picked up a present and threw it at his wife during a row about their teenage daughter leaving the house late one night just before Christmas, a court heard.

Phillip Brogan (62) shouted at his wife: "You'll be sorry for ringing the gardai."

He was also aggressive to gardai and had to be restrained by officers.

A judge ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to a date in March.

Brogan admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to breaching a protection order at the family home in Finglas on December 21.

Sergeant Damien Galligan said Brogan's wife called gardai shortly before midnight, claiming he was threatening her and being verbally abusive.

Sgt Galligan said Brogan was shouting at his wife, and said she would be "sorry for ringing the gardai".

He also threw a Christmas present at her.

The court heard that Brogan had no previous convictions.

Defence solicitor John O'Doherty said Brogan was upstairs when he saw his 19-year-old daughter leaving the house shortly after 11pm. He came down to ask where she was going, as he was concerned about her heading out late at night, and started shouting at his wife.

Mr O'Doherty said Brogan worked for a long number of years, but was currently on disability.

He asked the judge to consider leaving Brogan without a conviction, saying he was over 60 years of age and had never been in trouble before.

Mr O'Doherty also said that the incident happened at Christmas, a stressful time of the year.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell ordered a probation report, saying he wants to be satisfied that Brogan will not breach the protection order again.