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19/10/2021

Woman who 'no longer feels safe in her own home' seeks protection at Athy Court

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Woman who 'no longer feels safe in her own home' seeks protection at Athy Court

A woman appeared before Athy District Court on Tuesday, January 22 seeking protection from her ex- husband after she claimed he drove by her house, screamed through the letterbox and damaged her car.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said that her ex-husband, from whom she is divorced, knocked on her door on November 26, 2018 last and when she did not answer, he would not go away.

She told the court that he shouted through the letterbox at her and that she no longer feels safe in her own home.

"I was afraid to go out the door - he has threatened me in the past," she said.

"I want to live in peace. He's still driving by the house even though I live in a cul-de-sac. He has no business being there. I am afraid of him he has damaged my car and I am afraid that he will physically assault me."

The court heard that the ex-husband had difficulty contacting her over the phone and as they share three properties abroad, there are still 'loose ends' to deal with.

He then agreed to take the oath and swore not to have any direct communication with his ex wife either by phone or text, and he undertook not to go near the house.

All communication will in future go through their solicitors.

As a result a protection order was not granted in this case.

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