A Mountmellick man has been charged with assaulting his own niece by striking her repeatedly with a hurl until the hurl broke against her body.
At last week’s sitting of the district court in Portlaoise was Thomas Tuohy (54), 2 Portarlington Road, Mountmellick, who was charged with assault causing harm.
Garda Michael Kenneally gave evidence it is alleged that at the Ballyfin Road, Mountrath, on July 4 this year, the injured party, a 30-year-old woman, was driving when the accused and another person overtook and cut her off on the road, forcing her to stop.
Garda Kenneally said that the accused was the injured party’s uncle and there was an ongoing family dispute.
The garda said that a fight ensued between the injured party and the other occupant of the accused’s car, which began as an argument that led to physical violence.
It is alleged that the accused intervened in this argument by taking a hurl from the boot of his car and assaulting his niece.
It is alleged he hit her several times with the hurl, finally breaking the hurl off her.
The injured party received soft tissue damage and bruising, said the garda.
Garda Kenneally said there were two independent witnesses to the incident.
After hearing the evidence, Judge Catherine Staines accepted jurisdiction, meaning the case will be heard in the district court.
Defence, Mr Barry Fitzgerald was granted a statements order and the matter was put back to December 15.
The accused was remanded on bail, with Judge Staines warning him to keep away from the injured party.