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Man is accused of trying to choke ex with vacuum flex


Ralph Currivan leaving Blanchardstown District Court. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Ralph Currivan leaving Blanchardstown District Court. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Ralph Currivan leaving Blanchardstown District Court. Picture: Caroline Quinn

A MAN is to stand trial accused of trying to choke his ex-girlfriend with the flex of a vacuum cleaner.

Ralph Currivan is alleged to have also beaten her around the head with an iron before smashing a wine bottle over her.

The 48-year-old is also accused of approaching the alleged victim with a breadknife and threatening to kill her during the incident at a house in west Dublin.

Currivan, with an address at Kilcairn Court, Navan, Co Meath, has been sent for trial on an assault charge after a judge decided the case was too serious to be dealt with at District Court level.


He is charged with assaulting the woman, causing her harm in the incident late last year.

The woman allegedly suffered a head injury in the incident.

The assault, under Section 15 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, is alleged to have happened at St John's Road, Clondalkin, on December 5 last year.

A State solicitor told Blanchardstown District Court a book of evidence was ready in the case.

After the book was served on Currivan, Judge David McHugh gave him the formal warning that he must provide within 14 days to the State details of any alibis he intends to rely on.

The judge then returned him for trial to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, on July 28.

He was sent forward on existing bail and with legal aid.

On a previous court date, Sgt Mary Doherty had said the DPP consented to the case being heard summarily in that court.

She said a medical report was available to the court and she had an outline of the allegations.

Sgt Doherty said it was alleged by the prosecution that on the day in question, the accused threw the alleged victim to the ground and attempted to choke her with a vacuum cleaner cord.


It was further alleged that he then tried to choke her with his hands, before striking her from behind with an iron, leaving a deep gash on her head.

The prosecution was maintaining he then approached her with a bread knife, threatened to kill her and smashed a wine bottle over her head.

Judge McHugh asked Sgt Doherty if the medical report before him was a summation of the alleged injuries.

He read the report after the sergeant confirmed this.

The judge had then declined to accept jurisdiction to deal with the case at District Court level.