A Portlaoise man broke a barring order and put his ex partner in fear, when he phoned and texted her asking to see his daughter.
James Lacumber (33) with an address of 1 Parnell Crescent, Knockmay, Portlaoise was in Portlaoise District Court on last week to face charges over the incident.
He was charged that on October 11 this year he contravened a protection order by calling and texting his ex partner at her address, putting her in fear.
The charge was formally made to him by Garda Dunlea at Portlaoise Garda Station on October 18.
Mr Lacumber has 47 previous convictions, most recently for an assault which resulted in a 12 month prison sentence.
Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said that Mr Lacumber is now in a new relationship, and that he has a daughter from his previous relationship.
“During that relationship he had difficulties with a drug addiction, particularly heroin.
“It was a chaotic lifestyle,” he said.
He said that Mr Lacumber started attending the drug treatment centre at Merchants Quay ten months ago, and is now completely clean of his drug addiction.
He said that he still attends twice weekly aftercare treatment with Merchants Quay.
“He is doing very well now, he is working five days a week with a plastering firm,” Mr Meagher said.
“He felt he was able to present as a different person, and asked his former partner to facilitate access on a gradual basis, to prove himself as a father,” the solicitor went on.
“Unfortunately the respondant admits he became upset, and realises now there was another way to deal with that which might be needed,” he said.
The accused had used a 'smile emoji' to end his text.
“The text acknowledged the fact that he had raised his voice, he wished the complainant well in her impending wedding, he said 'I won't bother you again', and finished with a smile emoji,” Mr Meagher said.
“It wasn't done out of any intent to cause his partner fear. He has had no contact since. It is his intention to let the dust settle, and make another approach via a formal application.
“This is a young man who has turned his life around,” his solicitor Mr Meagher said.
Judge Marie Keane noted that there were two attempts made by Mr Lacumber which broke the barring order against contact.
She fined him €200, with three months to pay it.