Monday 21 August 2017

Bookkeeper who struck pregnant ex in face is jailed for 10 months

Robert Byrne had pleaded guilty to assault causing harm
Robert Byrne had pleaded guilty to assault causing harm

Andrew Phelan

A bookkeeper who punched his pregnant ex-girlfriend in the mouth and grabbed her throat in a savage attack as she got on a bus has been jailed for 10 months.

Robert Byrne (24) had taken a "serious amount of tablets" when he assaulted the woman, leaving her bleeding and distraught.

He followed her on to the bus, and after his arrest he "mooned" gardai.

Judge Ann Ryan jailed him, saying what happened was a "above and beyond a dreadful situation" and the victim's statement was "upsetting to read".

Abuse

Byrne, from Cedarfield, Drogheda, Co Louth, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to the woman at Aston Quay on May 18, 2014.

Dublin District Court heard Byrne had fallen into drug abuse as a result of pain medication he had used following an accident.

He had since gone on a methadone programme and was addressing his problem.

The judge backdated the 10-month sentence to a date in January, when Byrne went into custody.

He was put on two years probationary supervision on other charges.

The judge also told Byrne he should attend anger management counselling.

Previously, Garda Declan Reynolds said the victim called gardai and when they arrived, officers found her "dishevelled and upset", bleeding from cuts.

Byrne was trying to speak to her.

They had met at Busaras and when she went to get her bus, Byrne had started to attack her, Gda Reynolds said.

He pulled her back and punched her in the mouth with his fist.

He pressed his thumb against her right eye, applying pressure.

He had also grabbed the victim by the neck.

Byrne refused to leave the bus and had to be removed by force.

During his arrest, Byrne knocked the patrol van's wing mirror out of place.

While being escorted out of Store Street Garda Station, he broke a panel in the door.

Outside, he dropped his trousers and "mooned" gardai.

Byrne was "most remorseful for his behaviour," his lawyer said.

He had taken valium, codeine, dalmane and alcohol at the time of the incident.

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