herald

Friday 17 August 2018

Dad made kill threats to daughter, court told

A FATHER accused of pulling a kitchen knife on his teenage daughter, holding it to her face and prodding it into her neck is facing trial on the charges.

The man, who cannot be named to protect his 17-year-old daughter, is also charged with threatening her with a screwdriver and hitting her while she walked to college with a male friend.

It is alleged that the girl was left with a large amount of bruising to her knees, back and arms after she was assaulted twice within a couple of hours by her father.

The defendant has been ordered by a judge to live with his brother in south Dublin, and to stay away from his daughter and the rest of his family.

The man, who is in his 40s, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with threatening to kill his daughter, to producing a knife and a screwdriver during the course of a dispute and to three counts of assault.

The court heard the DPP has directed summary disposal of the charges in the District Court.

Outlining the allegation, Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said the defendant's daughter was walking to college on October 18 with a male friend when the defendant pulled up alongside them in his car, threatened her with a screwdriver and hit her.

Sgt Callaghan said the girl got into the car with her father, and they returned home.

An argument broke out in the family home, and Sgt Callaghan claimed the defendant hit his daughter a second time and held a knife to her face, prodding the knife into her neck.

It is also alleged the defendant hit his wife when she returned home and saw how upset their daughter was. His wife, to whom he is now estranged, did not suffer any physical injuries.

Judge Patrick McMahon refused jurisdiction, saying the charges were too serious for the District Court. He adjourned the matter for six weeks.

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