The district judge last week said a prison sentence was merited for a Portarlington man who punched his estranged wife in the face while she was driving.
However, Judge Catherine Staines adjourned the case of Michael Cash, Bog Road, Port, for a probation report and victim impact statement.
Cash was charged with assault causing harm, at Main Street, Port, on May 21 last year.
Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that Cash struck the woman with a closed fist, causing her nose to bleed.
Cash had no previous convictions.
Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick admitted it was a serious matter.
“There had been difficulties in the marriage over the years: they had been separated, they had been together, they had been separated, they had been together,” said Ms Fitzpatrick.
Ms Fitzpatrick said that on the day the woman had been driving him to his parents’ house and in the course of the journey an argument broke out, leading him to strike her in the face.
She said Cash is currently paying his ex-wife maintenance, and is living with his parents.
Judge Staines that punching a woman in the face merited a prison sentence, but she put the matter back to April 24 for a probation report and victim impact statement before sentencing.