Dad 'in fear of life' granted safety order against wife
A man has been granted a safety order against his wife, who he claims has assaulted him on several occasions and accused him of rape.
The husband told a Family Court hearing that, four years ago, he received a phone call from his local garda station to say his wife had been charged with a drink-driving offence.
Because she was unable to drive, his wife lost her job and, shortly afterwards, "started drinking every single day".
"Things have got pretty bad at home," the man said, adding that his wife had left deep fat fryers turned on and been found drunk in a number of places in their local area.
"I've had numerous assaults," he said. "I've been punched and kicked and threatened with a knife on two occasions."
He said that, on one occasion last year, his wife slashed the tyres of his car.
The man said gardai were called and his wife was taken away.
He added that, on another occ-asion, "my wife assaulted me in the kitchen for absolutely no reason, just lashed out".
"I went to the kitchen to make tea and my wife started to kick me," he said.
The man told the court he was seeking a court order bec-ause he felt afraid.
"I'm in fear of my life," he said. "I don't sleep well."
He added that last year his wife made an allegation of rape against him.
He gave a statement to gardai saying the allegation was not true, and he is now waiting for the DPP to get back to him.
"I can't live my life any more in a home where I'm threatened and I can't sleep and there's an allegation of rape," he said.
He added that his wife stopped drinking at the end of last year. Their teenage children live with them.
During evidence, the wife said the time she lost her driving licence was a "very dark period", as she relied on her car for work and looking after the children.
"I will admit I'm fond of the drink," she told the court.