Father-of-three jailed for a year

A drunken father-of-three who told gardai he intended to use a dumbbell bar to "bleedin' kill" a man that a female friend had accused of sexually assaulting her has been jailed for a year at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

A drunken father-of-three who told gardai he intended to use a dumbbell bar to "bleedin' kill" a man that a female friend had accused of sexually assaulting her has been jailed for a year at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Adil Essalhi (aged 28), of The Maples Court, Clonshaugh, pleaded guilty to possession of an iron weights bar from a dumbbell for an unlawful purpose on Briarfield Grove, Killbarrack on July 5, 2008.

Judge Frank O'Donnell imposed a one-year sentence.

Garda Michael Ryan told Mr Cormac Quinn BL, prosecuting, that he stopped a car driven by Essalhi with a Polish man in the passenger seat and a woman in the back seat.

He said the two men were drunk and the woman claimed to have been sexually assaulted by the Polish man but did not wish to press charges.

He said he found a weights bar from a dumbbell between the driver's seat and the door. Essalhi, indicating the Polish man, told Gda Ryan: "I was going to bleedin' kill him with it."

Essalhi was arrested although the Polish man did not wish to make an official complaint. Essalhi admitted to gardaí he was planning to assault the man with the bar because he had allegedly sexually assaulted his friend.

Gda Ryan said Essalhi had 20 previous convictions, mainly for road traffic offences.

Gda Ryan agreed with defence counsel, Ms Gerardine Small BL, that both men had "significant drink taken" and that the dumbbell had not been used.

Ms Small said Essalhi had an traumatic childhood marked by violence at home. She said he had cooperated with gardaí and had a serious drink problem at the time. She said he wished to apologise for his behaviour on the night and wanted to get his life back on track.

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