A Cork woman claimed her husband put her in fear by calling her names and shouting at her – “I’d bate the sh** out of you if you were a man.”
The woman who is in her thirties also said that the defendant blamed her for tearing up a family photograph in the kitchen that she said was not even in the room.
“He called me a fat, ugly thing, a retard and a spastic – over a picture that wasn’t even there,” she testified at an in camera sitting of Cork District Court.
The defendant denied a charge of breaching a protection order by putting her in fear.
“There was froth coming out of his mouth and he was saying I hope you drop dead,” the complainant said.
Defence solicitor, Joseph Cuddigan, called the defendant to give evidence in the case.
The defendant said there were choice words on both sides. "We are both adults.”
He also said that he knew about domestic violence because his mother and sister had suffered from it and he said, “I would never lay a hand on a woman.” He repeated, “We had verbals.”
There was evidence that two of their children are autistic. The defendant said he was denied access to them. His wife denied this.
She agreed that the children needed to see their father and that she was not denying access to the children.
Judge Olann Kelleher said he had a lot sympathy for both parties as they were both under enormous pressure.
Regarding the allegation of breach the protection order by putting her in fear, the judge said he was not satisfied the evidence reach the threshold to convict so he dismissed the charge.
Noting that the parties were living apart since the disputed incident at the end of April the judge remarked, “These people are doing their best for their children.”
The woman who made the complaint thanked the judge.