Thursday 21 September 2017

Chiropractor broke into ex-girlfriend's home

Sonya McLean

A CHIROPRACTOR will be sentenced next week for breaking into his ex-girlfriend's home and then dragging her back into the house and assaulting her.

Helen McEvily (33) was at home after a night out when Donegal man Kevin Ginty (46) climbed in through her sitting-room window.

She managed to leave the house and call the gardai.

Sergeant Martin Finnan told the Central Criminal Court that Ms McEvily was making her way to a neighbour's house and was on the phone again to local gardai when the line went dead. Ginty then wrapped his arm around her neck and dragged her back into the house.

He put the woman at the bottom of the stairs and struck her head off the bottom step before dragging her up to her bedroom. The gardai called her phone again but Ginty took it, impersonated a woman's voice and told officers the victim was at a disco.

Sgt Finnan said Ginty then left the house and she called the gardai again. When officers arrived at Ms McEvily's home, Ginty drove up to the house and was arrested for drink driving.

Ms McEvily was left with bruising to her inner arm, upper and lower back and buttocks. There were also abrasions on her breast and chest area and scratches to her left ankle and sole of her left foot.

Ginty, of St Columbas Terrace, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, pleaded guilty to burglary and assault at the woman's home on April 4, 2010.

Ms McEvily read her victim impact report in which she stated that a part of her did not survive that night.

"I am not the same mother, I am not the same sister," she said, adding that she has had to attend counselling. She said she had trouble sleeping at night and felt paranoid about any noise or movements.

She said she had since moved house and had installed personal alarms in her new home.

Mr Justice Carney remanded Ginty in custody and adjourned the case to next Monday for sentence.

Irish Independent

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