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Man grabbed lover by throat on city street

A DUBLIN man who attacked his partner on a city centre street still had her gripped by the throat when gardai intervened, a court heard.

Gardai watched as Michael McArdle crossed a street and grabbed the woman (34) in a drunken episode.

Judge Miriam Malone adjourned the case, saying she would not finalise it until she had a medical report on the victim.

McArdle, of Westway Park, Blanchardstown, pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to public drunkenness and assault in the incident on Dawson Street in May.

The court heard gardai were on patrol on the street at 8.35pm when they heard a woman screaming.

They saw the accused cross the street and grab the victim by the throat.

He still had her by the throat when they got to him, a garda sergeant said.

"He was highly intoxicated at the time," the sergeant added.

Asked if the defendant knew his victim, his lawyer said the pair had been in a relationship for five years.

She had come to court with the accused.

The defendant had 14 previous convictions for public order, criminal damage and weapons charges.

He had served prison sentences for some of his previous convictions, which dated back to 2002.

McArdle's solicitor said the victim had attended her own GP after the assault.

Judge Malone said she wanted to see a report and adjourned the case until tomorrow.