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Friday 24 November 2017

Man accused of threatening partner with a hatchet

The court heard Mr Oumessaoud's partner was in court and could give evidence that he was not welcome at that address
The court heard Mr Oumessaoud's partner was in court and could give evidence that he was not welcome at that address

A man threatened his partner with a hatchet at their home, then ran into the street and threatened a witness, it has been alleged.

Abdelmajid Oumessaoud (39) was refused bail when he appeared at Blanchardstown District Court on weapons, assault and public order charges.

The accused, with an address at Cherrywood Park, Clondalkin, is charged with unlawful possession of a hatchet as a weapon.

He is also accused of assaulting a woman and threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

The offences are all alleged to have happened at Cherrywood Park on February 9 last.

Garda Thomas Connolly told the court he was objecting to bail due to the seriousness of the charges and his belief that the defendant was a flight risk.

He said it was alleged Mr Oumessaoud was in possession of the hatchet and threatened his partner with it.

Witness

It was further alleged that he then ran out into the street and threatened "a witness to that assault", Gda Connolly said.

The court heard Mr Oumessaoud's partner was in court and could give evidence that he was not welcome at that address.

He had a 70-year-old wife, who was living in Kill, Co Kildare. He was not welcome there either, the garda said.

He believed the accused had no other ties to this country.

The case was a "domestic matter" and Mr Oumessaoud was entitled to a presumption of innocence, his lawyer said.

The accused had a serious medical condition and a report on this was handed in to court.

If granted bail he could stay at a hostel in the city centre and abide by conditions, including signing on at a garda station and staying away from Clondalkin, his lawyer added.

Judge David McHugh said he was satisfied that the prosecution had made out its case for bail refusal.

The defendant has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charges.

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