Man is fined €200 for hitting woman and breaking lamp
A Dublin man hit a woman and broke a lamp during a domestic incident at a house in the west of the city, a court heard.
James Brady (38) was arrested after gardai were called and told he had carried out the assault and damage.
Judge David McHugh fined him €200 at Blanchardstown District Court.
Brady, of Lindisfarne Park, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to assaulting Donna Wright.
He also admitted causing criminal damage to a table lamp in the same incident at an address at Harelawn Park, Clondalkin, on October 28, last year.
Sergeant Maria Callaghan told the court the incident happened at around 2.30pm.
Gardai were called to the address after receiving a report that a domestic incident was taking place.
Sgt Callaghan said the victim told gardai that Brady had assaulted her and broken a lamp.
When the officers spoke to him at the house, he became aggressive and was unco-operative with them.
He was arrested and taken to Ronanstown Garda Station, where he remained aggressive while he was in custody, Sgt Callaghan said. He was charged with both offences.
The court heard Brady had a number of previous motoring convictions.
Judge McHugh asked for more information on what the accused had done.
Sgt Callaghan said Brady had hit the woman but she did not think there were any injuries.
"This was what you might call a family matter," defence solicitor Terence Hanahoe said. "He says it was merely a push."
The judge asked if the victim had been hospitalised or had required any medical attention.
Sgt Callaghan said this was not clear from the investigating garda's summary of the facts.
Mr Hanahoe made further statements about the incident which conflicted with evidence the sergeant had given.
Sgt Callaghan said she was referring to what the prosecuting garda had written.
"There was pushing and shoving in the house and property got broken," Mr Hanahoe added.
Judge McHugh told the court he was prepared to accept that the assault was "at the very lowest end of the scale".