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Drunk hit ex-girlfriend then attacked her dad

A DUBLIN man who struck his former girlfriend and then hit her father when he tried to protect his daughter was drinking heavily at the time, a court heard.

Barry Moore (23) was devastated after the death of his mother in January 2013, started drinking to cope with his pain and his life spiralled out of control.

Judge David McHugh ordered Moore to complete 200 hours community service in lieu of four months in prison.

The defendant, of Corduff Grove in Blanchardstown, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to two counts of assault as well as resisting arrest at Dromheath Avenue in Blanchardstown on October 6 last year.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said gardai were on mobile patrol shortly after 6am when they received a report that Moore was in an altercation with a female.

She said Moore struck the woman, who is his ex-partner, and he then hit her father when he came out to protect her.


The sergeant said Moore was aggressive towards gardai and he resisted arrest, kicked Gda David Shorthouse and had to be brought to the ground.

Moore further admitted to threatening and abusive behaviour at Old Navan Road, Cabra, on November 23, 2013, and handling stolen property at Edgewood Lawn in Blanchardstown on October 28, 2013.

The court heard Moore has one previous conviction for a public order matter.

Defence solicitor John O'Doherty said the defendant, a father of one, left school at 16 years and worked in damp proofing for a number of years.

He said Moore stayed out of trouble, was busy working and was in a stable relationship but all that changed when his mother died in January 2013.

He started drinking heavily and his life has spiralled out of control since.

He said all Moore's offending has been fuelled by drink.

Mr O'Doherty also said Moore is no longer drinking, has no addiction problems, and is very apologetic for his behaviour.