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Saturday 19 January 2019

Boyfriend smashed girl's cheek in taxi beating, court told

THIS is the young man who allegedly fractured his girlfriend's cheekbone by repeatedly punching her in the face during an argument in the back of a taxi.

Adam Shields (20) is alleged to have thrown his now-estranged partner to the ground during a roadside row outside his south Dublin home.

When she jumped into a waiting taxi to get away from him, it is alleged that Shields pursued her into the cab and punched her eight to nine times on the head.

Shields, of Woodstown Abbey, Knocklyon, had the case against him adjourned for the directions of the DPP when he appeared at Tallaght District Court.

He is charged with assault causing harm to the woman outside his home on October 21, last year.

Sgt Carmel Henry told the court a file on the case had been sent to the DPP, but directions were not available yet.

Judge James McDonnell asked the sergeant to outline what was alleged to have happened in the incident.

The court heard the alleged victim had arrived at Tallaght Garda Station between 2am and 3am and made a complaint of assault against Shields, her then boyfriend.

Punched

It was alleged the couple had been returning from a nightclub in a taxi and had been "arguing the whole way".

It was alleged the woman would not get out of the taxi when they arrived at the accused's home.

He jumped back in and punched her eight to nine times in the head, causing cuts and bruising to her face and fracturing her cheekbone.

She was taken to hospital.

Michael Hennessy, defending, consented to an adjournment to February 9. Shields was remanded on continuing bail in his own bond of €500 after the court heard he was abiding by all conditions. He was previously ordered to sign on daily at Rathfarnham Garda Station and to obey a curfew between 10pm and 8am.

Judge McDonnell said the allegations against Shields were serious, and he understood it was alleged he hit the victim outside the taxi, and again in the taxi. He ordered that Shields have no contact, either directly or indirectly, with the alleged victim.

aphelan@herald.ie

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