A man who assaulted his partner with a vacuum cleaner and made her eat his dinner off their kitchen floor in front of their young son has been given a suspended sentence.
Addressing him after passing sentence, Judge Tom O'Donnell said: "I wish you both well."
Judge O'Donnell heard that the couple have remained together despite the violent incident, in which the man also threatened to stab his partner if she went to gardai.
The man, who cannot be named by order of the court, appeared before Limerick Circuit Court yesterday after it had sought a probation report and victim impact statement.
He had pleaded guilty last October 25 to assaulting his partner, causing her harm, on September 8, 2013 at their apartment in Limerick.
The man lashed out and assaulted his partner after his dinner plate had fallen, and he made her eat some spilled beans off the floor.
"Food ended up on the floor and he lost his temper, and he got a hoover and assaulted the victim, and then he made her eat the food from the floor," the man's barrister told the court.
He added that the man threatened to stab the victim if she told gardai.
The woman "escaped" from the apartment and gave a statement to officers. The man later presented himself to gardai. Following his arrest, the man, aged 20, told gardai he had "no valid excuse" for the assault.
Judge O'Donnell said it had been a "very frightening experience for the victim" and that the "violence used was unacceptable".
However, he also noted that the victim had "expressed remorse".
and the court heard the couple have since reconciled.
"They're in love with each other," the man's barrister said.
Judge O'Donnell was told the man is "addressing his anger issues".
"Both seem to have sorted out a manner in which to try and sort out their difficulties," he remarked.
Judge O'Donnell imposed a 12-month suspended sentence and ordered the man to keep the peace for 12 months