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A 21-year-old man ‘savagely’ assaulted his wife after she had collected him from a pub before assaulting her a further two times at his parents’ home, Tralee Circuit Criminal Court has heard.

Michael O’Driscoll of 8 Rathanane, Tralee also faces sentencing on a further count of assault causing harm and having a slash-hook in his possession, related to an ongoing dispute between two families.

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Judge Tom O’Donnell adjourned sentencing to the April 25th sitting of the court.

Michael O’Driscoll, who was 19 at the time, assaulted his wife Shelley O’Brien following a confirmation celebration on March 28th, 2014 the court heard.

Mr O’Driscoll had continued celebrations at a pub but when his aunt and his wife collected him, assaulted his wife in the back of the car, striking her with a bottle and his boot.

Garda Stephen O’Brien told the court the assault continued at the O’Driscoll family home at 8 Rathanane and was so vicious, members of the family had to call gardaí, who had to call for back up.

He told the court Ms O’Brien was dragged into the house by the hair and then to an upstairs bathroom where the unprovoked assault continued.

The garda said O’Brien then tried to intimidate his wife into not making a complaint by biting her wrist and finger.

The other matters related to incidents involving two cousins arising out of an ongoing row between two Tralee families, the McCarthys and the Faulkners.

The court heard the accused approached James O’Brien with a slash-hook in broad daylight, in the vicinity of Tralee Garda Station on February 6th, 2015, while on bail.

He is further accused of assaulting another man, also called James McCarthy, with a bottle on February 22nd.
Brian McInerney, defending, said Mr O’Driscoll – who has 85 previous convictionsis a member of the Traveller Community, fully accepted culpability for the assault on his wife.

Judge O’Donnell said the court would take a very serious view on what clearly was a ‘savage’ assault.