A LETTERKENNY man who left his wife hardly able to breath during an altercation has been advised to get legal representation.

Ray Durack (55) of Crieve Glebe, Letterkenny appeared before Letterkenny District in connection with an incident on December 27, 2019.

The court heard that Durack and his wife were having a discussion about a previous incident.

“Mr Durack threw a pie pastry at her, which hit her on the chest and he completely exploded in anger,” Garda Sergeant Jim Collins told the court.

“He ran towards her, wrapped both of his hands around her throat and she could hardly breathe. He kept saying, over and over: ‘What are you going to do?’

“Finally, he took his hands off her and left, slamming the back door.”

Mrs Durack did not require medical assistance following the incident.

Judge Paul Kelly advised Durack to speak with a solicitor.

Durack represented himself in court and said drink had fuelled the incident. “What can I say, it happened,” he told Judge Kelly.

“It is a quite serious matter,” Judge Kelly told the defendant. “I take a very dim view of violence used in any situation, but particularly in a domestic setting.”

Judge Kelly adjourned the matter until November 2 to allow for the preparation of a victim impact statement.



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