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Violent dad pulled knife on daughter in row, court told

A FATHER accused of pulling a kitchen knife on his teenage daughter and threatening to kill her during a row has been sent forward for trial. The man, who is in his 40s, is also charged with threatening the 17-year-old girl with a screwdriver and hitting her while she walked to college with a male friend.

It is alleged the girl was left with bruising to her knees, back and arms after she was assaulted twice within a couple of hours by her father.

The man, who cannot be named to protect his daughter, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with threatening to kill his daughter, producing a knife and a screwdriver during the course of a dispute and three counts of assault.

It is alleged that the victim was walking to college with a male friend on October 18 last when her father pulled up alongside them, threatened her with a screwdriver and hit her.

The girl got into the car with her father, and they returned home.



Estranged

An argument broke out in the family home, and it is claimed the defendant hit his daughter a second time and held a knife to her face, prodding the knife into her neck.

It is also alleged that the defendant hit his wife when she returned home and saw how upset their daughter was.

His wife, from whom he is now estranged, did not suffer any injuries during the attack.

The book of evidence has been served on the defendant, who goes forward to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

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