Man is charged with assault causing harm to his daughter

A WEST Dublin man has been accused of putting his daughter in a “choke hold,” throwing her to the ground and kicking her in the face.

John Finn is alleged to have assaulted and injured the woman during an altercation at a house in Clondalkin.

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Blanchardstown District Court

A court heard the alleged victim was bleeding from the nose and mouth when she went to make a complaint to the gardai.

Mr Finn, aged 44 with an address at Rockfield Drive, Clondalkin, is charged with assault causing harm to his daughter.

Blanchardstown District Court heard the incident was alleged to have happened at Kilcronan Close in Clondalkin on April 17, 2020. Sergeant Maria Callaghan said the DPP directed summary disposal of the case at district court level subject to the judge considering the issue of jurisdiction.

Outlining the prosecution’s case, she said the alleged victim called to a garda station on April 17 and reported that she had been assaulted that day by her father.

She said there had been a verbal disagreement between her and her other sister and that during the altercation, the accused put the alleged victim in a choke hold and threw her to the ground.

While she was on the ground, it was alleged, he kicked her a number of times in the face and thigh.

The garda she spoke to saw that the woman was bleeding from her nose and mouth, Sgt Callaghan said. The alleged victim also had swelling around her face and a bruise to her thigh.

A medical report was available and was submitted to the court.

After reading this and hearing the summary of allegations, Judge Jones accepted jurisdiction for the case to be dealt with in the district court, instead of being sent forward for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

The accused is also charged with common assault, a charge which is dealt with at district court level only. This is alleged to have occurred at the same time and place.

Defence solicitor William Cadogan asked for the case to be adjourned to a mention date, for Mr Finn to decide on a plea. The accused, who was not present in court, was remanded on continuing bail to a date in December.

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