herald

Tuesday 16 October 2018

Man remanded in custody accused of assaulting partner

Wayne Locke is charged with assault and criminal damage
Wayne Locke is charged with assault and criminal damage

A man smashed the front door and window of his partner's home and injured her by slapping her on the head, it has been alleged.

Wayne Locke (37) had the case against him adjourned when he appeared before Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr Locke, of Ramilies Road, Ballyfermot, is charged with assault causing harm to a woman and criminal damage.

The offences are alleged to have happened at a house it St John's Crescent, Clondalkin, last May 19.

In the case of the damage that was allegedly caused, Gda Patrick Fallon said the value was below the €7,000 threshold.

Judge McHugh asked for an outline of the allegations so he could consider whether to accept jurisdiction.

Gda Fallon said he went to the address after receiving a 999 call on the night in question.

Smashed

When gardai got there, they saw the front window and door had been smashed and a woman at the address complained she had been assaulted by the accused, with whom she was living.

Judge McHugh asked the garda if he had any information about the injuries sustained by the woman, allegedly at the accused's hands.

The garda said there was no medical report in court.

Judge McHugh asked him what the extent of the injuries were, according to the prosecution.

"It was a slap to the head," the officer said.

Judge McHugh said he was accepting jurisdiction to deal with the case at district court level, based on what he had heard in evidence.

He ordered disclosure of prosecution statements to the defence and adjourned the case until a date to be set next month.

The defendant, who has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charges, did not address the court during the brief hearing.

Judge McHugh remanded him in custody on continuing bail.

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