Spear-tackle man wants wife to live with him

A man accused of a serious assault on his wife by allegedly turning her upside down and spear-tackling her — head first — into the ground wants his bail changed so that his wife can live with him.

Daniel Spencer, formerly of Tír Cluain, Cloyne, Co Cork, and now with an address at The Avenue, Macroom, Co Cork, was back before Cork District Court yesterday on the charge of assault causing harm to his wife Sarah Egan outside a nightclub at Hanover Street, Cork, shortly before 2am on Tuesday, April 7.

Detective Garda Gordon Crowley opposed bail last month on the basis that his wife was in fear of him approaching her.

Det Garda Crowley said at the time her injuries included a broken nose and extensive cuts and bruises to the face. One of the concerns of gardaí last month was that they believed the accused was using cocaine and body-building steroids.

The accused was granted bail but conditions were attached. Judge Leo Malone said the accused had to lodge €1,000 in cash and an independent surety would have to do likewise, he would reside with his father, stay away from his address at Cloyne, sign twice a week at Macroom garda station and abstain from alcohol and drugs.

Yesterday Inspector John Deasy said in Cork District Court, “It was a relatively serious assault and some time will be necessary before an up-to-date medical report can be obtained. We would seek a two-month adjournment.”

Defence solicitor, Emmet Boyle said: “There is no difficulty with that in principle” and said ”the injured party wishes to live with the defendant at his home in Macroom and bail conditions would need to be amended”.

Insp Deasy said he would need to clarify the matter with the investigating garda.

Judge Malone adjourned the case for a week for that issue to be clarified.

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