Sunday 20 October 2019

Estranged father broke protection order four times

Judge's gavel
Judge's gavel

AN estranged father turned up at night at a house in Kilmuckridge four times, in contravention of a protection order, Gorey District Court heard.

Jamie Cassin (27), formerly of 22 Greenwood Avenue, Kilmuckridge, and also of 33 Rosemary Heights, Ferns, faced charges of breaching a protection order at 22 Greenwood Avenue, Kilmuckridge, on March 14, 16 and 28, and April 12, 2015.

Judge Gerard Haughton was told that the protection order was granted to the mother of his eight-year-old daughter on February 2, 2015. On March 14, he arrived at her home at 9 p.m., drunk, shouting at her. Two days later, he turned up at 1.10 a.m., shouting at her and their daughter.

On March 28 at 1.30 a.m., he turned up again, and made his way into the house, acting aggressively.

Finally, between 11.15 p.m. and 11.45 p.m. on April 12, he was heard outside the house shouting that 'things would get worse'. He was arrested at his home at 1.30 a.m.

The court was told he had 30 previous convictions, mainly for road traffic offences, but nothing like this.

Solicitor David Tarrant said that his client when arrested, wasn't aware of the three previous breaches.

He added that to a certain extent the parties have resolved their differences and he now has access to his daughter by appointment.

He added that he is now in a new relationship, and gave an undertaking that such breaches will never happen again.

Judge Haughton commented that orders are granted to people who are under threat. 'They are of no use if the court does not take them seriously,' he said, noting that the breaches were in the presence of a young child, late at night.

He sentenced Cassin to nine months in prison, but suspended it on the condition he enter into a bond to keep the peace, and be of good behaviour for two years. He warned that if he steps out of line, particularly in this type of offence, he can expect to serve the sentence.

Wexford People