Wednesday 16 October 2019

Man broke barring order to see children, court told

A man accused of breaking a barring order in Clonard only wished to see his daughters, his solicitor claimed.

Before the court was Sebastian Ufel, with an address at 6 Rafter Street, Gorey but most recently resident at Ozanam House in Wexford.

The 33-year-old stood accused of breaching an order in force at Heathfield in Clonard, on August 15 and again on September 22.

Gardaí found him sitting on a downstairs window ledge. He had been banging on the door. The defendant was assisted in court by a Polish interpreter and by solicitor Lana Doherty.

Ms Doherty stated that her client had been in Ireland for ten years. Ms Doherty said that her client had not seen his children for more than a year when he broke the barring order.

He had been in custody since September 23, an experience which the solicitor said had been an eye-opener for the accused.

She had explained to him that, if he wanted access, then he should apply to the court rather than turn up at the house unannounced. An eight month jail term was recorded and then suspended as the van driver and security man was told that he must stay away from Heathfield.

Wexford People

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