A woman wept at a private court in Cork when she gave evidence of threats made over the phone to her by her ex-partner using words that she would not repeat in the witness box.
The accused man was jailed for four months for breaching a domestic order by putting her in fear.
Sergeant John Kelleher outlined the background to the incident at the in camera hearing of Cork District Court.
Gardaí responded to a call to the woman’s house on August 31 and spoke to the woman who was the complainant.
She told gardaí her ex-partner had been continuously calling her on the phone putting her in fear in breach of a safety order.
Sgt. Kelleher said, “He should not have been contacting her. She did not know where he got her phone number. He made threats against her when speaking to her on the phone.”
While the accused man pleaded guilty to the offence, Judge Olann Kelleher asked the injured party if she wanted to give evidence on the effect that her ex-husband’s behaviour had her on the date of the breach.
She said they were separated and that he had been very violent towards her in the past. She said that two close relatives of her had died recently and that her ex-husband was mocking the fact that they had died.
“He is always give me threats. I am in fear of him. He was so violent towards me in the past.
“I would not repeat the language he came out with on the phone – what he would do with a hot poker.
“My nerves are not very good,” the injured party testified.
Diane Hallahan said the accused was pleading guilty at the first opportunity.
She said that when the application was made for a safety order he did not contest it. He accepted that he should not have contacted his ex-partner but did not accept her evidence that he had made threats to her.
Ms Hallahan said that some calls were made to the defendant also but that he should not have made any calls and was sorry for doing so.
“Even if she contacts him he won’t contact her,” the solicitor said.
Judge Olann Kelleher said at the end of the case, “He is in breach of the order, she is in fear, I sentence him to four months in prison.”