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Monday 23 October 2017

Bus driver slapped his wife over fears of affair

A DUBLIN bus driver who slapped his wife on the face and head thought she was having an affair, a court heard.

Ilie Zlotila (47) begged a judge to leave him without a conviction, claiming he was upset and he "snapped".

Judge David McHugh adjourned sentencing to September.

The defendant, of Oatfield Avenue in Clondalkin, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to assaulting his wife at their home on February 9, 2014.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said gardai were called to the house following reports of a disturbance.

Sgt Callaghan said the victim was upstairs at a front window.

She said gardai knocked on the front door, which was opened by the defendant.

Sgt Callaghan said gardai explained to Zlotila they had been called to the house, but he refused to let officers inside.

She said the victim came walking down the stairs to speak to gardai.

She said Zlotila was seen hitting the victim on the face and head. Sgt Callaghan said she suffered an injury under her right eye and bruising to her face. The sergeant said gardai forcefully gained entry to the house and arrested Zlotila.

The court heard the defendant has never been in trouble before.

Defence lawyer said Zlotila works as a driver with Dublin Bus. He doesn't drink often due to his job, but a friend called over on this occasion and he had a lot to drink.

The court heard Zlotila, a married man with two children, thought his wife was having an affair and he "snapped".

The lawyer said Zlotila was very sorry for his behaviour, he and his wife are still together and are attending marriage counselling.

Sgt Callaghan questioned this, saying gardai understood the couple were no longer together.

Judge McHugh said he wanted to know the status of the couple's relationship prior to sentencing.

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