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Saturday 16 December 2017

I was hit by son-in-law, grandad tells judge

A 34-YEAR-OLD man has denied claims that he attacked his former father-in-law during a row about when his son was supposed to be collected.

Derek White, of Colthurst Gardens, Lucan, Dublin has pleaded not guilty to assaulting businessman and convicted fraudster, Peter Bolger, at his Templeogue home, in Dublin, on June 5, 2010.

In evidence, Mr Bolger told Dublin District Court that after a visit he had dropped his eight-year-old grandson at White's parents' home. He said that later White arrived at his house at Glendown Lawn and asked him in an aggressive tone why he had brought the child to his parents.

"He struck me with his fist in my face, I fell back into the porch," he said.

He alleged that White then struck him a second time in the face.

He also claimed that White shouted abuse, and was calling his former wife -- Mr Bolger's daughter -- an "effing b****."

Karl Monahan, defending, said White had been taken by surprise by Mr Bolger's decision to bring the child to his parents' house. Mr Monahan put it to him that he became aggressive to his former son-in-law.

However, Mr Bolger denied that suggestion and said "I am not given to violence".

He agreed in cross-examination with Mr Monahan that he had a previous conviction for failing to provide a tax return and fraudulent trading.



Threatened

White took the stand and told the court that he did not punch his former father-in-law. He said he was due to collect his son at 3pm but Mr Bolger had dropped the boy at his parents' house at about midday.

He claimed Mr Bolger became aggressive when he asked him why he had done that and he thought he was going to be hit by him. White said that during the row he felt threatened adding: "I put my hands up to stop him."

Judge Michael Walsh said he would give his verdict on Friday.

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