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Garda jailed for three months for brutally attacking ex-partner

A former Garda officer has been jailed for brutally attacking his ex-partner while he was a serving member of the force.

The first incident, which occurred in 2018, involved the garda choking his ex-partner while he was “off his face” on cocaine.


The former garda, aged in his 30s, pleaded guilty before Dublin District Court to assault causing harm to his ex-partner.

As the victim’s children were witnesses, the man cannot be identified.

It’s understood that the children tried to protect their mother by using toy Power Ranger swords.


The former garda, who did not address the court, was prosecuted following an investigation by the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC).

In the victim impact statement, the woman outlines the effect that the violence had on her family and that she believed that the case had been dealt with differently because he was a Garda officer.

During evidence, a GSOC-designated officer in the case Gabriel Chrystal said that the woman and her three children came home and found the accused sleeping in the sitting room.

It’s understood that one of the children attempted to wake the accused up before he pushed one of them and cursed.

One of the children then attempted to pick up an iPod, resulting in the accused “wrestling” with the woman’s son to get it back.

When the woman intervened, the accused pushed her against the door “with his elbow to her face and his hand on her neck”. She stated that he looked “off his face” on drugs.

She suffered massive bruising to her face and had two broken fingers.

During the second incident, which occurred nine months later, the accused showed up at the house following an exchange of text messages.

He began banging on the door while crying and “screaming through the letterbox” while throwing objects at the house.

While being interviewed by the GSOC, he initially denied inflicting injuries, and had no prior criminal convictions.

Judge Hughes imposed a six-month sentence but suspended the final three on the condition that the accused keeps the peace and doesn’t offend for two years.

He must also remain under the supervision of the Probation Service, attend an approved addiction treatment centre and anger-management counselling.

He has also been ordered to pay €1,000 to his partner and have no contact with her unless he has a court order.

IMAGE – “Criminal Courts of Justice, Dublin.” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by infomatique


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