A SUSPENDED jail term was imposed on a man who had put his ex-partner in fear by shouting threats into the apartment intercom that he would throw a wheelie bin through a window to get inside.
Judge Olann Kelleher noted that this and another incident occurred in the course of a volatile relationship between the parties.
Sergeant Gearóid Davis said there were two breaches of the safety order and he outlined the background to the incidents at an in-camera hearing at Cork District Court today.
Breaches of domestic orders are dealt with at in-camera hearings since January 2019.
Sgt. Davis said that on September 20, 2019, there was a breach of the safety order where the defendant came to the home where he was repeatedly ringing the buzzer and threatening to break in the front door.
The young woman did not open the door to her ex-partner because she was afraid for own safety.
“He continued to shout and threaten to break the window with the bin that was outside the house. When the gardaí were there he came over and demanded to get into the house.
“There was another incident on November 22, 2019, where gardaí got another call at the scene that the defendant was shouting into the intercom,” Sgt. Davis said.
The young woman said in a victim impact report that the way the defendant behaved was no way to behave when young children were inside.
The defendant pleaded guilty to the two counts of breaching the safety order.
Frank Buttimer, solicitor, said, “They had a relationship for some time. He has some medical difficulties and some addiction difficulties. But following this, he did a 28-day programme of rehabilitation.”
Mr Buttimer said that matters had settled down between the parties after the first incident and that they were co-habiting again before the second incident in November.
Judge Olann Kelleher asked the defendant if he was completely off drink now. The accused said he was not but that he said, “I am after cutting down big time.”
Judge Kelleher said, “You were drunk on both occasions and you are still drinking.”
The defendant replied, “I am disgusted with myself.”
The judge said, “It seems to be a volatile relationship. If he puts this lady in fear he will do six months automatically.”