The defendant was prosecuted before Limerick District Court for breaching the terms of the Protection Order
A LIMERICK man who arrived at his former partner’s home a number of hours after he was informed she had taken out a Protection Order against him has been placed on probation.
The 35-year-old defendant pleaded guilty to an offence under the provisions of the Domestic Violence Act relating to an incident which happened at a house in Caherdavin on February 24, last.
Inspector Paul Reidy told Limerick District Court, gardai were alerted to a disturbance at around 10.20pm after the man’s former partner contacted them.
“Garda received reports of a male trying to kick in the door,” he said.
After speaking with the complainant, it was established she had been granted a Protection Order a number of days earlier and he had been informed of its existence earlier in the day.
There was no evidence of any damage being caused by the defendant at the house during the incident.
Solicitor Darach McCarthy said his client, who has a young child with the woman, accepts he attended at the house on the night.
However, he said he had not intended to cause trouble and was attempting to gain entry to collect his personal belongings – at a time when he did not believe his former partner would be at home.
“He went to the house to get his stuff and she arrived back and things became difficult,” he said adding that his client accepts his behaviour was “very disruptive”.
Judge Marian O’Leary was told the defendant has addiction issues involving alcohol and drugs which resulted in the relationship breaking up some time before the incident.
Urging the court to be lenient, Mr McCarthy said his client was at “his lowest point ever” around the time of the offence and that there have been no further incidents since.
The defendant, the court heard, has no previous convictions, is back living with his mother and is making efforts to address his problems.
“He is very upset about what he did,” said Mr McCarthy who said the defendant had some access to his son since the incident.
Noting the guilty plea, the defendant’s previous good record and his good behaviour since, Judge O’Leary indicated she was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. She imposed a 12 month Probation Bond requiring the defendant to stay out of trouble.