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Defence solicitor William Cadogan asked for the case to be adjourned for Mr Finn to decide on a plea. (Stock picture)

Defence solicitor William Cadogan asked for the case to be adjourned for Mr Finn to decide on a plea. (Stock picture)

Defence solicitor William Cadogan asked for the case to be adjourned for Mr Finn to decide on a plea. (Stock picture)

A Dublin man put his daughter in a choke hold, threw her to the ground and kicked her in the face during a row, it has been alleged.

John Finn (44) is accused of assaulting and injuring the woman at a house in the west of the city, leaving her bruised and bleeding from the nose and mouth.

The case against him was adjourned at Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr Finn, with an address at Rockfield Drive, Clondalkin, is charged with assault causing harm to his daughter.

Garda Sergeant Maria Call-aghan said the DPP had directed summary disposal of the case at district court level, subject to the judge considering the issue of jurisdiction.

She told Judge Gerard Jones the incident was alleged to have happened at Kilcronan Close in Clondalkin last April 17.

Outlining the prosecution's case, Sgt Callaghan said the alleged victim called to a garda station that day and claimed she had been assaulted by her father.

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It was alleged there had been a row between the complainant and her other sister, and during this Mr Finn put the complainant in a choke hold and threw her to the ground.

It was claimed that while she was down, he kicked her a number of times in the face and thigh.

The garda she spoke with saw the woman was bleeding from her nose and mouth, Sgt Callaghan said.

The alleged victim also had swelling around her face and a bruise to her thigh.

A medical report was available and was submitted to the court.

After reading this and hearing the summary of allegations, Judge Jones accepted jurisdiction for the case to be dealt with in the district court, instead of being sent forward for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Mr Finn is also accused of common assault, a charge that is dealt with only at district court level only.

This is alleged to have happened at the same time and place.

Defence solicitor William Cadogan asked for the case to be adjourned for Mr Finn to decide on a plea.

The accused, who was not present in court, was remanded on continuing bail to a date next month.


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