Court told accused ‘is a different man now’

A woman told Dundalk Court that she wanted to withdraw charges of domestic violence against her partner even though he had already pleaded guilty to the charges.

A woman told Dundalk Court that she wanted to withdraw charges of domestic violence against her partner even though he had already pleaded guilty to the charges.

Michelle Smith said she did not want to give evidence in charges of breach of a barring order and assault against John Smith (21), Villas 3, Muirhevnamor in January last. However, a solicitor for defendant Peter Lavery, said that his client was pleading guilty to criminal damage.

At one stage in the hearing, Judge Flann Brennan said, “This man is quite a little thug”.

When the case got under way, Michelle Smith took the stand to respond to Inspector Martin Beggy’s questions about her attitude to the case. She agreed that she did not wish the matter to go any further and that she was not under any pressure or inducement.

Mr Lavery said that since these alleged incidents, his client had himself been allegedly assaulted by being struck with a hatchet on November 12 last.

The solicitor said that his client had not come to the notice of the Gardai since last November. “He is a different man now”, he said. Judge Brennan adjourned all the matters to June 12.