#Limerick man on domestic abuse charges refused bail

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#Limerick Districk Court
#Limerick District Court

A 40-year-old #Limerick man was remanded in custody by a judge who said he could not ignore the tearful evidence of his former partner who pleaded that he be refused bail over an attack at a house they once shared.

A special sitting of Limerick District Court heard that on March 10, the man, who has an address in Limerick City centre, was charged with breaching the terms of a protection order and was remanded on bail.

He was arrested again last week on additional charges of assaulting his former partner and two charges of criminal damage, all of which are said to have arisen out of the same incident at a house in the Dooradoyle area.

Gardai had opposed bail over “serious concerns” that the accused man would interfere with the witness.

In an emotional plea to Judge McCarthy, the alleged victim said she was absolutely terrified of her former partner and felt like she was in prison.

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The accused man said he hadn’t had any contact with the woman and no longer goes near his former home.

Judge McCarthy said that while the accused man had a presumption of innocence, he couldn’t ignore the woman’s evidence and remanded him in custody to appear before the court next week.