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Friday 28 July 2017

Dad battered teenage daughter's face, body and legs

The man (37) attacked the girl at their home in west Dublin, beating her repeatedly about the face. (Stock picture)
The man (37) attacked the girl at their home in west Dublin, beating her repeatedly about the face. (Stock picture)

A dad who "battered" his teenage daughter, leaving her covered in bruises, has been jailed for four months.

The man (37) attacked the girl at their home in west Dublin, beating her repeatedly about the face.

He was prosecuted after the victim went to gardai with another family member and reported the assault.

Judge David McHugh said the man had beaten his daughter to a "considerable degree".

The accused admitted one count of assault causing harm to her.

Gda Thomas Conway told Blanchardstown District Court that the victim went to a garda station on March 3 last year with her aunt.

She said she had been assaulted by her father at his home.

She told gardai she had been punched a number of times about the head and had severe bruising to her face, body and legs.

She received medical attention and had no lasting injury.

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The accused was arrested and charged. He had no previous convictions and had never come to garda attention before.

A probation report had been ordered and the accused had been "more than co-operative", his solicitor John O'Doherty said.

He asked the judge to follow a suggestion in the report and adjourn the case.

He said he wished to bring documents to court in further mitigation.

"This gentleman battered this lady about the face continuously," the judge said.

"I accept that he's sorry for what he's done, but in the final analysis he has beaten his daughter to a considerable degree."

The judge added that he also accepted the accused was unlikely to come to garda attention again, but said: "There is no peace without justice."

The judge refused to put a stay on the sentence to give the accused time to put "his affairs in order." He set bail terms in the event of an appeal.

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