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Saturday 18 August 2018

Dad smashed bottles after row with ex-partner

A FATHER-of-two arrested for smashing bottles in a street was acting out of frustration after finding another man at his ex-partner's home.

Ekofo Mbiavanga (41) was "agitated" following a row with the man when gardai came across him.

He was fined €300 at Dublin District Court after he pleaded guilty to public order offences.

Garda Mark Deasy told the court he saw the accused throwing glass bottles in the street at North Circular Road at 9pm on October 26 last.

Mbiavanga, of North Great Charles Street, was told to desist and leave the area and was arrested and brought to Fitzgibbon Street Garda Station when he failed to do so. "It was clear he was in an agitated state," the garda told the court.

Before the gardai arrived, there had been a domestic disturbance involving the defendant and another party at his ex-partner's home, his solicitor Stephen O'Mahony said.



SUSPICIONS

"He had gone to the house to see his children and when his ex-partner answered the door, she would not let him in. He suspected there was another male in the house and his suspicions were correct," Mr O'Mahony said.

"He wasn't the initial aggressor, but thereafter his behaviour was unacceptable."

After confronting the man, he threw glass bottles on the ground in frustration, and it "took him a while to calm down".

The defendant had eight previous convictions, but none for public order offences and he had not been in any trouble since.

He arrived in Ireland as a refugee from Rwanda and his children were aged nine and two years.

The accused was working for a firm that made pallets.

Judge Bryan Smyth fined and convicted him.

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