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Dad denies lungeing at gardai with hammer

A FATHER-of-one who is accused of assaulting his former 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 near the house, a court heard.

He is also accused of smearing excrement all over a cell after he was arrested and taken back to the garda station. He strenuously denies the allegations.

Power, of Marewood Crescent, Ballymun, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with assaulting his ex-partner at the Pavilions Shopping Centre, Swords.

He is also accused of producing a weapon in the course of a dispute at Seatown Walk, Swords and to criminal damage at Ballymun Garda Station, both on June 5.

Gardai objected to bail, citing the seriousness of the charges and the strength of the evidence.

Detective Garda Adrian Mulligan said it was alleged Power assaulted his ex-partner, and the mother of his child on June 4.

Gda Mulligan said she made a complaint to gardai at Ballymun the following day, and officers decided to speak to him.

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

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

He said Power was placed in the patrol car, but repeatedly tried to smash the back window with his head.

Defence solicitor Margaret McEvilly said the gardai had no power to enter the defendant's home to question him about the alleged assault, adding the incident would not have happened if gardai had not turned up at the house.

Judge Brian Sheridan refused bail and remanded Power in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court in one week.