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Dad cleared of ATTACKING estranged wife

A FATHER-of-two accused of punching and slapping his estranged wife in the face after she threw a glass of water over him has been cleared of assault.

Thomas O'Brien (61) was alleged to have left her with blood gushing from a 3-inch laceration above her right eye.

Blanchardstown District Court heard that in his statement he told gardai Susan O'Brien's blood on the carpet could have been strawberry essence from the kitchen.

He had denied the allegation, claiming his wife had twice thrown a glass of water over him and she was accid-entally hit with the glass when he had tried to take it off her.

The accused, of Cuala Road, Cabra, denied seriously assaulting Susan O'Brien at Cedarwood Road, Finglas, on January 12, 2013.

Mrs O'Brien told the court the pair had a row after she asked him for money. She said she asked him to leave the house but he refused and in anger she threw a glass of water over him.


He went upstairs to dry himself, and told her he would stay in the house as long as he liked.

Mrs O'Brien said she threw a second glass of water over the defendant as she felt he had "belittled" her.

She claimed he then pushed her into a chair and punched and slapped her on the right side of the face.

She claimed she could not see, her face was covered in blood and she was afraid she was going to lose her eye.

The court heard that Mrs O'Brien went to the Mater Hospital where she received three stitches for a cut above her eye.

Mr O'Brien denied punching his wife, who he said was "volatile", and claimed he was a battered husband.

He said he went to take the glass from his wife after she threw water at him because he thought she was going to throw the glass at him.

Judge David McHugh said the State must prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt, and in the absence of photos of an injury or a medical statement he was satisfied there was a reasonable doubt.