A young man broke into the home of his former girlfriend and beat her with a brush.
The man appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with burglary, intimidation of witnesses and breaching a barring order.
The man’s former girlfriend, who is also the mother of his three children, said she was left terrified when he broke into her home.
The woman said that on March 10th he gained entry to the home through the back door and then beat her with a brush which he had found in the house.
Garda Inspector Barry Doyle said the man was later arrested and was charged with burglary and released on bail.
The man, who had been living in Kilkenny, was ordered not to set foot in County Donegal as part of his bail conditions.
However, three days later on March 13th, he again broke into the woman’s home.
On this occasion, he enticed one of his children to open a window of the home and get gained entry to the window.
Gardai were called and the accused man was found hiding in the attic.
He was taken to Letterkenny Garda station and asked to make a phonecall to his cousin but instead phoned his ex-partner.
The court was told that the man had battled with drugs and drink since the death of his father by suicide eight years ago.
His solicitor Patsy Gallagher, applying for bail, said the man was in a “heightened state of grief” following the recent death of his grandfather.
However, Judge Paul Kelly refused the bail application saying the accused man should have been nowhere near Donegal.
He refused bail and adjourned the case until June 2nd.