THE case of a County Limerick man who slapped a woman in the face outside a busy primary school has been adjourned until the new year to “see if everybody behaves themselves”.
Thomas Creamer, aged 29, of Oakley Lawn, Caherconlish pleaded guilty to assaulting the woman during an incident outside Caherconlish NS on October 23, last.
Garda John Cotter, who is attached to the local garda station, told Limerick District Court the incident happened at around 1.45pm and was reported to him a number of hours later.
Judge Aeneas McCarthy was told the incident was linked to tensions between Creamer’s wife and a number of neighbours.
Garda Cotter said the defendant was collecting his children from school when he encountered three women, including the injured party, who were sitting in a car.
“Words were exchanged and he approached the car, leaned into the vehicle and slapped her in the face,” he said, adding that Mr Creamer made admissions when he was spoken to.
Solicitor Ted McCarthy said his client accepts his actions were out of order and that whatever provocation there was “does not justify what he did”.
He said two of the three women had no connection to the school and that CCTV footage shows his client walking past their car before “stopping in his tracks for some reason” and returning to the vehicle.
He added that the incident had caused “great upset” for his client and that his children now attend a different school.
The court was told that following the assault, Garda Cotter “sat everybody involved down and told them to behave themselves”.
Mr McCarthy said there have been no further incidents between the parties since.
Judge McCarthy said he was satisfied the facts had been proven and he adjourned the case for review in March of next year.