Garda facing sexual assault and coercive control charges told ex-partner he would ‘stick knife in her’, court hears
June 10 2021 05:26 PM
A serving garda facing 35 charges including sexual assault and coercive control of his ex-partner told her he would “stick a f****** knife in her” if she disrespected him, a court has heard.
During a lengthy bail hearing at Dublin district court this afternoon the alleged victim also gave evidence that she fears her ex-boyfriend will kill her, their young son, and himself.
The accused, who is aged in his early 40s and cannot be identified for legal reasons, was remanded in custody with consent to bail despite garda objections.
Detective Inspector Cormac Brennan, of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI), gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution.
He said the accused made no reply when each of the 35 charges were put to him at a Dublin garda station this morning.
The charges include two counts of sexual assault as well as coercive control, assault causing harm, criminal damage, theft, a threat to kill, threatening to cause criminal damage, coercion, endangerment, and harassment between 2017 and 2020.
Further charges also relate to offences via telecommunications.
Det Insp Brennan said the accused is a serving garda with over 20 years service who is currently suspended from duty as part of the “complex and lengthy” investigation.
The senior detective said he was objecting to bail citing the seriousness of the charges, the strength of the evidence in the case, and fears of witness intimidation.
Outlining the evidence, he said a 250-page statement has been taken from the injured party.