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Saturday 16 December 2017

Dad accused of pulling knife on daughter (17)

A FATHER accused of pulling a knife on his teenage daughter during a row in the family home has been ordered to stay away from her.

The man, who is in his 40s, is also alleged to have threatened to kill the 17-year-old girl.

Gardai objected to bail, saying they feared the defendant might try to intimidate witnesses.

A judge remanded him on bail on strict conditions, and warned him that if he tried in any way to contact his daughter he faced going into custody.

The man, who cannot be named to protect his daughter, appeared before Blanchards-town District Court charged with threats to kill his daughter.

He is also accused of producing a knife during the course of a dispute during an alleged incident at the family home in Blanchardstown on October 18. Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan objected to bail, citing the seriousness of the charges and fears the man might try to intimidate his daughter and interfere with other witnesses.

The court heard the alleged victim was the man's 17-year-old daughter and the incident took place in the family home.



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Defence solicitor Valerie Buckley said the defendant could live with his brother in south Dublin, and he would give an undertaking not to contact his daughter.

Judge Brian Sheridan remanded the defendant on bail in his own bond of €500, with a cash lodgement of €250.

The judge ordered the man to stay out of the Dublin 15 area, and not to have any contact, either directly or indirectly, with the alleged victim or any witnesses in the case. The defendant was ordered to live with his brother in south Dublin and to notify the gardai of any proposed change of address.

Judge Sheridan warned the man he was to have "no contact whatsoever" with any witnesses in the case.

The defendant asked if he could contact family members who were not witnesses to the alleged incident.

Judge Sheridan said his advice would be to keep clear of the whole family for the present. The judge said the man was charged with very serious charges, and faced custody if he broke any of his bail conditions. The matters were adjourned for four weeks for DPP's directions and possible further charges.

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