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Friday 23 February 2018

'Bully' threatened to stand on face of children's mother

Edward Daly ‘squared up’ to his ex-partner in the street
Edward Daly ‘squared up’ to his ex-partner in the street

A father-of-two described as a "bully" told the mother of his children he would stand on her face when he met her in the street.

Edward Daly (34) went on to call his next girlfriend a "tramp" and threatened to smash her phone outside a train station.

Daly, a structural engineer, had cocaine and anger management problems at the time.

Judge Brian O'Shea ordered him to pay €200 to each woman to avoid jail.

Daly, of Saul Road, Crumlin, pleaded guilty to breaching a protection order that his first ex-partner had taken out against him and breach of the peace.

Dublin District Court heard there were two separate incidents. The first happened at Basin Lane in the south inner city last May 8.

Abusive

It was 2.40pm and the accused approached his ex-partner, who had a protection order.

He "squared up" to her and became abusive, threatening that he would "stand on her face", the court was told.

On December 19, Daly's next girlfriend had finished work at St Patrick's Hospital and was passing Heuston Station when he ran towards her, shouting that she was with another man.

He called her a "tramp" and threatened to break her phone, a garda said.

He was heard saying: "What are you doing, you b***h? Don't walk away from me."

When arrested, he said: "She's being a baby."

Daly had "lost control" after the breakdown of the first relationship, his solicitor Michael Hanahoe said. He had since addressed his cocaine problem.

Judge O'Shea said: "His behaviour in both incidents, he sounds like a bully effectively."

He said he would leave Daly without a criminal record if he paid the money and adjourned the case.

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