A YOUNG woman was allegedly struck around the head with a hockey stick by her partner who was barred from the house but the defendant denied this and said there was not a mark on her head of any kind and blamed her hormones.
Diane Hallahan, solicitor, advised the 29-year-old not to speak directly to the judge during today’s bail application but nonetheless he did make a number of comments during the application.
“She is pregnant and her hormones are all over the place,” he said at the in-camera hearing of Cork District Court.
Ms Hallahan said the young woman had applied to have the barring order revoked but that this application was being repeatedly adjourned in another court.
The solicitor said that the defendant was living with the young woman with her consent.
Sergeant John Kelleher said the barring order was still in place and the gardaí were still being called to the house every time there was an alleged breach.
Garda Ruth Healy testified today that gardaí were called to the house in Cork on January 2 in respect of an allegedly serious incident where there was breach of the barring order.
Garda Healy said it was alleged that the young woman was punched in the head and struck with a hockey stick.
Ms Hallahan said the alleged injured party made no complaint and that it was her mother who phoned the gardaí. She said the young woman only answered the door to gardaí after ten or 15 minutes.
Ms Hallahan said that despite allegations of the woman being hit in the head with the hockey stick she had no marks, cuts or bruises to her head. Garda Healy confirmed this was so.
Ms Hallahan said the couple were cohabiting and the young woman had been trying to have the barring order removed but this was not proving possible in court.
Sgt. Kelleher said the defendant knew he should not be in the house as long as the barring order was in force.
Ms Hallahan said he could live with a relative several miles away from his partner’s house.
Ms Hallahan said, “I have told him he is barred even if she invites him in.”
The judge granted him bail provided he lives with the relative and keeps other bail conditions including one requiring him to have no contact with the young woman.
The solicitor said, “He cannot control her calling him.”
The defendant then spoke up again: “She is going to be ringing me, crying, in a minute. You know the story, judge. It’s a joke.”
Ms Hallahan reminded the defendant that it was not a joke and that it was a serious charge before a criminal court.
Judge Kelleher adjourned the case until January 7.