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Dad denies hammer threat to gardai

A FATHER-of-one accused of assaulting his ex-partner is alleged to have lunged at gardai with a hammer after they turned up at his new girlfriend's house to speak to him.

Jonathan Power (26) had to be restrained by four gardai after he made threats to officers, and warned them not to come into the house.

After he was charged with the offences, Power said "[Detective Garda] Alan Lynch is harassing me".

The defendant is also accused of smearing excrement all over a cell after he was arrested and taken back to the garda station.

He has strenuously denied the allegations.

A judge remanded Power in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court on Tuesday.

The accused, of Marewood Crescent in Ballymun, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with assaulting his ex-partner at the Pavilions Shopping Centre in Swords on June 4, and with criminal damage at Ballymun Garda Station on June 5.


Detective Garda Michael Ryan said he further charged Power before the court with obstructing gardai and producing a weapon capable of inflicting injury during an incident at Seatown Walk, Swords.

Garda Ryan said Power was handed a true copy of the charge sheets and in reply after caution he said: "Alan Lynch is harassing me."

The court heard that the DPP has directed summary disposal of the matter in the District Court on a guilty plea only.

Power's ex-girlfriend made a complaint to gardai at Ballymun the day after the alleged assault, and officers decided to speak to him.

The court heard Power was not at his home address, so gardai went to his girlfriend's house in Swords.

It is alleged that Power opened the front door, and he lunged at gardai with a hammer held over his head.

It is also alleged Power smeared his excrement all over a cell after he was taken into custody.

Judge David McHugh remanded the defendant in custody until Tuesday.