A husband claims his wife nicknamed him “Larry Murphy” after he cut the grass and went on a secret romantic holiday with another man
A husband has told a court his wife was having an affair with another man and he insulted and intimidated him, calling him “Larry Murphy” after he pulled his hood up while cutting the grass at home.
In a family law court, the man claimed that his wife was having an affair and had recently returned from a secret holiday with the other man.
The woman’s lawyer, Mairead Doyle, told the court that her client denied having an affair and that she had gone on a secret holiday with the other person.
In court, the husband said that in one incident, “her partner prevented me from entering my home and assaulted me, and that is why I phoned the police.”
Ms Doyle disputed the man’s statement, adding: “I have judicial separation proceedings ready to be issued.”
Ms Doyle said the marriage between the two had broken down but they continued to live with their children in the family home.
The husband told the court that since the incident with his wife’s partner, “there have been attempts to humiliate and intimidate me, and bring this person into the house to do the work that I would normally do.”
“I’m afraid. I have to lock myself in my room,” he said.
“I have respectfully asked that you not bring him around the house when I’m not there. I don’t think that’s unreasonable.”
The man further claimed that “there is constant drinking of her three to four times a week.”
“In one case, when I drank a bottle of wine, she threatened me, saying it was better to sleep with one eye open” because of my refusal to go to the license to get another bottle of wine. “This was in front of the children.”
Judge Mary Keane asked the man whether he had reported this to the Child and Family Agency (CFA), adding that if such concerns were raised in relation to the children, they should be taken to the Child and Family Agency (CFA).
Explaining incidents of alleged verbal abuse by his wife, the man said: “After I cut the grass and brought the hood, she called me Larry Murphy. She says I’m useless at home.
The judge told Keane that he was the children’s primary carer. He said: I’m always home. Every morning I prepare breakfast for them and get them dressed.
Judge Keane commented: “There is clearly a breakdown in the marriage and the tensions surrounding that.”
The man told the court that the evidence his wife provided to obtain a protection order against him was “full of lies”.
Judge Keane adjourned the hearing of the husband and wife’s safety order applications until January.
“It is necessary for both parties to respect each other while awaiting the outcome of the matter,” she said.
Judge Keane said the woman’s protection order would remain in place pending a court date in January, and ordered the man to contact the CFA with his concerns. The wife was not in court for the short hearing in the case and chose to remain outside the courtroom.