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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Man accused of hitting ex in face with brick

THIS is the man accused of picking up a brick and hitting his estranged girlfriend in the face following a row over a packet of cigarettes.

Ben Garcia (21) allegedly left the woman with a gash over her right eye and needing hospital treatment.

He has been ordered to stay away from the woman and out of Tallaght for the duration of the court case.

The defendant, of Parnell Close in Mulhuddart, appeared before Tallaght District Court charged with seriously assaulting a woman.

The alleged incident took place at a house at Sundale Villas in Tallaght on February 15.

Judge James McDonnell remanded Garcia on bail to appear before the court again in eight weeks.

Outlining the allegation, Garda Sergeant Carmel Henry claimed an argument broke out between Garcia and his girlfriend after one of her children damaged his cigarettes.

Hospital

Sgt Henry said Garcia was told to leave the house and stay away but he returned a short time later, around 11.45pm, demanding the keys to his estranged girlfriend's car so he could get home to Mulhuddart.

The sergeant said the victim refused to give her keys to Garcia, who picked up a brick and struck her with it in the face.

Sgt Henry alleged the woman suffered a gash over her right eye and had to be taken to Tallaght Hospital for treatment.

The court heard that a friend of the victim was in the house at the time and saw the assault.

Sgt Henry said gardai had no objection to bail, subject to a number of conditions.

Judge McDonnell remanded Garcia, who is unemployed, on bail in his own bond of €500. The judge ordered him to stay out of Tallaght and to keep away from the victim and her home.

The matter was adjourned for eight weeks for DPP's directions on the charge. Defence solicitor Padraig O'Donovan was assigned on free legal aid.

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