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Taximan punched his wife in bitter row

A TAXI driver who punched his estranged wife in the arm during a heated row has admitted he "went too far", and said his marriage effectively ended that night.

Eoghan Shortt (33) said he left the home that night, and the pair have since separated and are now living apart.

A court heard he left his wife with extensive bruising on her left arm after he punched her.

Shortt admitted before Tallaght District Court to assaulting his estranged wife at the family home in Saggart on March 11 last year.

Garda Lisa Prendergast said she took a report from Shortt's wife who said she returned home at 3pm and got into a verbal argument with her husband.

Garda Prendergast said the row escalated, and Shortt first pushed, then punched his wife on her left arm, leaving her with extensive bruising.

She visited her GP that evening, but did not need further treatment.

The defence lawyer said Shortt worked as a safety officer on construction sites, but became a taxi driver four years ago.

He and his wife are now separated, and they has one daughter.

Shortt also has a teenage son from a previous relationship.

The court heard that the incident arose from a heated row between the couple. Things were said, and Shortt "went too far".

Judge James McDonnell refused to leave the defendant without a conviction, and fined him €500.