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Monday 26 September 2016

Man 'pinned his ex-wife on stairs' in alleged assault

Gregory Harmon (42) is accused of assaulting the woman in an incident at her home in west Dublin. Stock picture
Gregory Harmon (42) is accused of assaulting the woman in an incident at her home in west Dublin. Stock picture

A man forced his way into his ex-wife's house and pinned her down on the stairs before hitting her about the head and body, injuring her, it has been alleged.

Gregory Harmon (42) is accused of assaulting the woman in an incident at her home in west Dublin.

The case against him was adjourned when he appeared in Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr Harmon is charged with assault causing harm to his ex-wife and resisting a garda at Liffey Valley Drive, Liffey Valley Park, Lucan on December 19 last year.

Garda Laura Conlon told the court she charged the defendant and he made no reply after caution. The DPP directed summary disposal of the case at district court level.

The garda said it was alleged that the accused forced his way into his ex-wife's house and assaulted her.

Pinned

According to the prosecution, Mr Harmon "pinned her down on the stairs and struck her a number of times on the face and body".

Judge David McHugh asked the garda if there was a note of any "sequelae or outcome of the assault".

A state solicitor said she had a copy of a medical report.

Reading it, Judge McHugh said it appeared that the injuries were "soft tissue" and he accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case.

This means it can be heard at district court level instead of at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Mr Harmon was already charged with contravening a protection order in the same incident, and putting his ex-wife in fear on October 9 last year.

Judge McHugh extended bail to the new charges and made an order for disclosure of prosecution statements to the defence.

The defendant was remanded on continuing bail.

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