Woman ‘in fear of ex who damaged car with iron bar’

A woman claimed she was put in fear by her ex-husband when he arrived at her home at night and allegedly smashed the wing mirror off her car with an iron bar but he said through his solicitor that this was “all lies”.

The allegation and denial were put forward at Cork District Court yesterday in the course of a bail application by the accused Kevin Hickey, of Argideen Lawn, Deanrock, Togher, Cork.

He was before the court on charges of causing criminal damage to his ex-wife’s car at Capwell Rd, Turner’s Cross, Cork, on Tuesday night, January 19, and contravening a protection order by putting Tina Hickey in fear.

Inspector Fergal Foley alleged that there was CCTV of the accused causing criminal damage to Mrs Hickey’s car on Tuesday night.

Defence solicitor, Diarmuid Kelleher, represented Kevin Hickey yesterday during a bail application and he described the two counts during cross-examination of the complainant as “trumped up charges”. Mr Kelleher put it to the complainant, “Everything you are saying in this court is lies. You are not terrified of him. Nor have you ever been terrified. He is a mild-mannered non-aggressive man.” Ms Hickey replied she was in fear in the face of what she described as “ongoing threats, ongoing phone calls”.

Kevin Hickey said he was at home at Argideen Lawn and nowhere near his ex-wife’s house. “I don’t want to be anywhere near the lady. I just want to get on with my life. There is no way I could be on CCTV, I wasn’t there. If I am on CCTV send me to prison but I was not near the house,” said Mr Hickey.

Judge Leo Malone said, “Because of the likelihood of interference with witnesses I am satisfied that the possibility exists. I am refusing bail.”

Hickey was remanded in custody to appear again today at Cork District Court, by video link from prison.


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