10 Aug 2022

Laois man breached order and assaulted partner


Laois man breached order and assaulted partner

A 63-year-old man who previously breached a safety order by threatening to punch his partner has been given a three-month sentence for striking the woman while out on bail.

Peter Horan (63), 59 College View, Mountmellick, was charged with breach of a safety order, at the same address on November 6 last.

Sgt JJ Kirby gave evidence that the accused went to a shop to buy alcohol and returned to the residence, where he was abusive to the injured party and struck her with two hands.

She was taken to the A+E, although her injuries weren’t serious.

Judge Catherine Staines noted that the accused had previously pleaded guilty to breaching a barring order by threatening to punch the woman, but despite that the court had put the matter back for a probation report.

But then, while on bail, the accused has now pleaded guilty to assaulting her.

She said he hasn’t attended the MEND programme and he hasn’t gone to Merchants Quay.

Defence, Ms Thomasina Connell said the accused was asking for one last chance and he was “not of enormous understanding”.

She said the parties are still living together and the accused was willing to attend MEND.

However, Judge Staines repeated that the accused had breached the protection order by threatening to assault the woman and the court had adjourned the case for him to attend MEND and deal with his drink problem. She said he had not cooperated and had assaulted the woman.

On the charge of assault, the judge imposed three months in jail, with recognisance fixed in the event of an appeal.

Ms Connell asked the judge would she consider suspending the sentence, but Judge Staines said she had already given him a chance and he didn’t take it.

“Whatever his understanding, everyone knows you don’t hit people, especially your partner,” said Judge Staines.

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