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Saturday 18 August 2018

No conviction for bus driver who hit wife

A DUBLIN bus driver who slapped his wife on the face and head because he thought she was having an affair has been left without a conviction.

Ilie Zlotila (47) has been attending marriage counselling with his wife, and the pair have reconciled.

Zlotila had begged a judge to leave him without a conviction, claiming he was upset at the time and "snapped".

He hit his wife on the face and head in front of gardai, after they were called to a disturbance at the family home.

Judge David McHugh struck out the charge, leaving Zlotila without a conviction, after hearing the couple had reconciled.

The defendant, of Oatfield Avenue in Clondalkin, had admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to assaulting his wife at their home on February 9, 2014.

Sergeant Maria Callaghan said gardai were called to the defendant's home following reports of a disturbance.

Sgt Callaghan said the victim was upstairs at a front window.

She said gardai knocked on the front door, which was opened by the defendant.

Sgt Callaghan said gardai explained to Zlotila they had been called to the house, but he refused to let officers inside.

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Sgt Callaghan said the victim came walking down the stairs to speak to gardai.

She said Zlotila was seen hitting the victim on the face and on the head.

Sgt Callaghan said the defendant's wife suffered an injury under her right eye and bruising to her face.

The sergeant said gardai forcefully gained entry to the house and arrested Zlotila.

The court heard the defendant has never been in trouble before.

Defence lawyer said Zlotila works as a driver with Dublin Bus. He doesn't drink often due to his job, but a friend called over on this occasion and he had a lot to drink.

The court heard Zlotila is a married man with two children. In relation to the assault, he thought his wife was having an affair and he "snapped".

The lawyer said Zlotila was very sorry for his behaviour and was taking the matter very seriously as a conviction could impact on his job.

She said the couple are still together and are attending marriage counselling.

The lawyer also said Zlotila's wife was in court to support her husband.

Striking out the matter, Judge McHugh said he accepted the couple had reconciled.

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