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A garda saw man with his ex

A garda saw man with his ex

A garda saw man with his ex

A man facing 14 charges, including the serious assault and coercive control of his ex-partner, has been remanded in custody after contacting the alleged victim, a court has heard.

The accused, with an address in Dublin, is alleged to have assaulted the woman several times over an 18-month period.

The 53-year-old appeared before Blanchardstown District Court yesterday morning charged with three new counts.

Detective Sergeant Michael Egan, of Divisional Protective Services Bureau at Cabra Garda Station, told the court he arrested the man at 8.32am yesterday and that he made no reply when the charges were put to him.

He now faces a total of 14 charges, including 10 counts of assault causing harm as well as coercive control, assault, witness interference and an offence under the Public Order Act.

Det Sgt Egan made an application for the accused's bail to be revoked because of his failure to stay sober and for being in "consistent and constant" contact with the alleged injured party.

The garda also said that the woman was currently living in a Women's Aid refuge.

As part of the State's objection, a garda gave evidence that he witnessed the accused and the alleged injured party together in Louth last Thursday.

The officer said he was travelling through a town in Louth when he saw the man with his ex-partner.

The garda said he believed there had been contact between both parties in order for this meeting to take place, that they embraced and that they were walking hand-in-hand.

He said he was off-duty at the time and with his family and not in a position to confront the accused.

He agreed with defence solicitor Simon Fleming that he did not observe any violence or animosity between the pair.

Alcohol

Judge David McHugh said he was satisfied the accused did breach his bail conditions when he made direct contact with the injured party on March 19.

He also said he was satisfied that, on the balance of probability, the accused breached his bail insofar as not entirely refraining from alcohol use.

Judge McHugh revoked the man's bail and also denied bail on the new charges and remanded him to appear before Cloverhill court next Tuesday,