Man ‘smacked wife with food’ outside chipper

A woman leaving her local chipper before midnight got into an altercation with her husband, who grabbed her parcel of food and smacked her in the face with it.

That was the allegation made yesterday by Linda Gosnell in a contested case against Patrick Gosnell at Cork District Court.

Patrick Gosnell, of Mount Sion Rd, Cork, pleaded not guilty to a charge of breaching a protection order by putting his wife in fear as she walked home from Lennox’s chip shop on Bandon Rd.

Mr Gosnell, aged 48, told his solicitor, Amanda Neville, that there was a verbal altercation between himself and his wife last October, but he denied striking her with the parcel of hot food.

“I was in my local chipper,” said Ms Gosnell. “Pat came in. When I got out of the chipper he started verbally abusing me all the way down the road.

“He kept going left and right in front of me to stop me crossing the road. He was saying: ‘I will get you sorted, I’m not finished with you.’

“He grabbed the food from underneath my arm and slapped me across with it.

“I was petrified. I had a little bit of a panic attack. I could hardly breathe.”

Mr Gosnell denied breaching the protection order by putting his wife in fear.

“There were words,” he said. “I was shouting at her, she was shouting at me. I don’t know where she is getting all this [allegation about assault]. I don’t cross her path any more.”

Judge Kelleher found the facts to be proved against Mr Gosnell in relation to the breaches of the protection order. He put the matter back until December 9.

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