Waiter put cigarette out on his ex-partner's face
A waiter who attacked his former boyfriend in the street, stubbing a cigarette out on his face, has admitted assault and harassment charges.
Djair Carlos De Oliveira (27), a student nutritionist, also bit into his wrist and tried to stab the man's new boyfriend with a kitchen knife.
He persisted in contacting the victim after their break-up, demanding answers as to why he had ended the relationship, and threatening: "I will destroy your life."
Dublin District Court heard De Oliveira went on to continue harassing him with text messages while on bail.
The accused had been "bereft" over the split and "took it extremely badly" when his ex began a new relationship.
Judge William Early deferred sentencing and adjourned the case, ordering a probation report.
However, he said he would suspend a one-year sentence if the accused co-operated and kept to his bail conditions.
De Oliveira, a Brazilian national with an address on Dublin's North Circular Road, pleaded guilty to assaulting his former partner at Chancery Hall Apartments, Blackhall Place, on October 30, 2013 and producing a kitchen knife in a dispute at Blackhall Place on January 23 this year.
He further admitted harassing the victim between June 3 and August 24, 2014 with hundreds of missed calls and text messages.
A garda sergeant previously told the court: "One of the texts read, 'Why can't you answer me? I am going to destroy your life, I am going to Facebook your family'."
The sergeant said the victim and his new partner were coming out of a Spar shop when the accused grabbed him, refused to let go and "quenched his cigarette out" under his eye.
The victim's statement said De Oliveira "bit me on the left wrist, which drew blood".
In the attempted stabbing, there was a scuffle in which De Oliveira pulled a knife with a four-inch blade out of his jacket pocket and "went for" the victim's new partner.
The accused tried to stab him, making a jabbing motion downwards. The victim's new partner managed to get the knife out of the defendant's hand.
De Oliveira also pleaded guilty yesterday to a new charge of harassing the victim between June 16 and September 7 of this year. He again made phone calls and sent text messages to the victim, questioning his relationship status, and he followed him back to his new address and loitered there.
"He accepts his behaviour was inappropriate," defence solicitor Yvonne Bambury said.
The accused, who had since been diagnosed with OCD, apologised. He had had some alcohol taken at the time of some of the events, said Ms Bambury.