Naas Court hears woman locks herself in bathroom while husband threatens to 'kill her'

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Naas Court hears woman locks herself in bathroom while husband threatens to 'kill her'
19:28 Thursday 19th of October 2017

A 42-year-old father appeared again before Naas District Court today facing charges in relation to breaching a safety order at the family home.

The man with a Newbridge address came under criticism by Judge Desmond Zaidan for coming before the courts on several occasions in relation to breaching the safety order.

Inspector David O'Sullivan outlined how twice in 2016 he is facing charges of breaching a safety order.

The Inspector said: "He began drinking in the family home and became aggressive."

The court heard how his wife went to the bathroom and locked herself in there because he 'threatened to kill her.'

It is understood that he started drinking at 8pm, became aggressive at 9.20pm and she rang the Gardaí at 1.20am.

The court heard allegations that on January 1, 2017, the accused entered the house through a door,  'locked himself in an upstairs bedroom' and when Gardaí arrived, he became 'violent' with Gardaí.

Defence Solicitor, Timmy Kennelly said: "He has not come to the attention of the state since, relations with his wife are amicable, he gets to see his children. He has a problem with alcohol and his relationship. The combination of drink and his relationship are not a good mix."

The court heard how the accused due to a medical condition can no-longer consume alcohol.

Judge Desmond Zaidan said that considering he has sent him to prison before and he has reoffended, he would impose 240 hours community service, in lieu of seven months in prison.

Judge Zaidan said: "Now you have a choice, jail or freedom."

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