Jail for barring order breach

A DURROW man who breached a barring order taken out against him by his ex-wife, was sentenced to six months in prison at last Thursday’s sitting of Portlaoise District Court.

A DURROW man who breached a barring order taken out against him by his ex-wife, was sentenced to six months in prison at last Thursday’s sitting of Portlaoise District Court.

The court heard that Philip Doheny, The Square, Durrow entered the house of his former partner in Ballinakill on February 13, this year at 7.50am.

Inspector Martin Harrington told the court that during the course of an argument, Doheny left the house and caused criminal damage to the value of €1,271 to a third party’s car. He had eight previous convictions.

Declan Breen, defending, explained that Doheny had been in a relationship with the injured party for 17 years and had been married since 2009.

“Although the barring order was issued in August of last year, Doheny only came to the realisation that the relationship was over in mid-January of this year. It was a raw and open sore,” he said.

The defending solicitor said the defendant had been travelling to his work in Ballyroan, and passed his ex’s residence, where he observed a car in the driveway.

“He became jealous and irate and lost control of himself. He entered the house by the back door, there was no aggression involved but it was obvious to the defendant that there was someone else in the house overnight. He left the house and on the way back to his car, struck the drivers side mirror of the other car with a stick.”

Mr Breen said the barring order had come about as a result of an incident where drink was involved. He later admitted himself to Cuan Mhuire.

“He believed until January that there was still some hope for the relationship.”

The solicitor said Doheny had apologised to his ex and the other party for the damage, and that he now acknowledged that the relationship was over and had no difficulty now with what his ex does. He said they were still in contact through their 16-year-old daughter, but it was civilised.

Mr Breen said the damage to the car would have to be discharged, but Doheny had not worked since he had been in Cuan Mhuire and was on jobseekers allowance, receiving €120 per week. He said there was no compensation in court.

“This court does not make barring orders lightly, you breached it putting your ex in fear and went on to commit criminal damage,” Judge Catherine Staines told the defendant.

She sentenced him to three months in prison for breaching the barring order and three months for criminal damage.

Recognissance were set, and Mr Doheny later appealed the sentence and was released on bail.