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Wednesday 23 January 2019

Husband accused of hammer attack faces new charges

THE case against a man who allegedly attacked his wife with a hammer has been further adjourned while the DPP considers bringing fresh charges against him.

Andrzej Benko (39) is accused of seriously assaulting his wife, Joanna Benko, at their home in Mulhuddart, west Dublin last July.

He has been ordered by a court to stay away from his wife.

Mrs Benko, who is also in her 30s, sustained serious head injuries after she was attacked with a hammer.

Her three-year-old son was in the house on Ladyswell Road when the attack occurred.

The defendant appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with seriously assaulting Joanna Benko, contrary to Section 3 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, 1997.

The alleged incident took place at the family home in Mulhuddart on July 5, 2010.

The matter was before the court for DPP's directions on the charge.

Detective Garda Patrick Traynor said the DPP's directions were still outstanding, but should be available on the next day in court.

He said Benko was also facing the possibility of further charges.



Rushed

Judge Brian Sheridan adjourned the matter to a date in March for DPP's directions.

Ms Benko was discovered at her home on Monday morning, July 5 last, after the attack was reported to gardai.

She was rushed to Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown and was later transferred to Beaumont Hospital for treatment.

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