The case was heard in Naas
A man was found guilty at Naas District Court last Thursday, March 8, of contravening a barring order after evidence was heard that he told his estranged wife that somebody would throw acid at her face.
Judge Desmond Zaidan has put a reporting restriction on the court case in order to protect the children of the defendant and his estranged wife.
The wife gave evidence that a barring order since the previous March was in place as a result of her husband’s aggression and that they had met at a local coffee shop last September 27, ostensibly to discuss their children and a teacher.
She said she wanted to meet him in a public place, away from the house.
However, the woman told the court, the man began to verbally abuse her, telling her that she was with other men and that she was a bad woman. And he told her that acid would be thrown at her, but not by him.
She told the court that she was in fear of him. The couple were married for 15 years and have two children.
The woman said that while she wanted their children to have a relationship with their father, the children didn’t want to.
One of the children told her that their father had offered them €50 a week to tell him what their mother was up to.
Defending the man, solicitor Tim Kennelly put it to the woman that there had never been any suggestion of violence in their relationship, but she responded that there had been and Sgt Brian Jacob confirmed that a complaint had been made to Gardai.
Judge Zaidan said he believed the man was guilty beyond all reasonable doubt.
He directed that the man interact with the Probation Services and adjourned the case.