News Courts

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Father-of-two jailed for knocking his ex-partner's teeth out with a hammer

Conor Gallagher

Published 15/01/2013 | 15:35

  • Share

A FATHER-OF-TWO has been jailed for knocking his ex-partner's teeth out with a hammer.

  • Share
  • Go To

Brian Dunleavy (36) had to be pepper sprayed by gardai after he destroyed the woman's apartment and refused to put down the hammer.

Louise Rafferty was left with a black eye, bruising and broken teeth after the attack which occurred during a drinking session in her flat.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring sentenced Dunleavy to three years with 18 months suspended. She said it was a cowardly attack and told Dunleavy he was lucky he hadn't killed Ms Rafferty or left her in a vegetative state.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard both of Dunleavy's children were being cared for by their grandparents because of his long standing drug addiction.

Dunleavy of Ballybough House apartment complex in Ballybough pleaded guilty to assault causing harm and using a hammer in an assault in the same apartment complex on July 1, 2011. He has 60 previous convictions.

Garda David Graham told prosecuting counsel Anne Marie Lawlor BL that Dunleavy and Rafferty had been in a relationship but were not an item at the time.

They were drinking together and Dunleavy was taking drugs. He told Ms Rafferty that he had been in a relationship with someone else since they had broken up.

She told him to get out and he responded by hitting her with his arm which was in a cast. He then got a hammer and screwdriver from a drawer and began smashing up the sitting room.

When he started hitting her with the hammer Ms Rafferty was sure he was going to kill her. He hit her in the face and she could hear her teeth falling on the wooden floor.

He then grabbed her handbag and fled but went back inside the complex when he saw gardai arriving. Meanwhile the woman ran outside.

Dunleavy locked himself back in the apartment and began smashing windows and mirrors. When he smashed the glass in the front door gardai entered and pepper sprayed him after he refused to put down the hammer.

When he was charged he said: "Louise is getting me charged is she? I'll soon sort that out."

The court heard Ms Rafferty is a homeless drug addict and has not completed a victim impact report.

Defence counsel Lorcan Staines BL said his client was drunk and on drugs at the time and had serious psychological issues. He added Dunleavy is now disgusted and ashamed of what he did.

Father-of-two jailed for knocking his ex-partner's teeth out with a hammer

Conor Gallagher

A FATHER-OF-TWO has been jailed for knocking his ex-partner's teeth out with a hammer.

Brian Dunleavy (36) had to be pepper sprayed by gardai after he destroyed the woman's apartment and refused to put down the hammer.

Louise Rafferty was left with a black eye, bruising and broken teeth after the attack which occurred during a drinking session in her flat.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring sentenced Dunleavy to three years with 18 months suspended. She said it was a cowardly attack and told Dunleavy he was lucky he hadn't killed Ms Rafferty or left her in a vegetative state.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard both of Dunleavy's children were being cared for by their grandparents because of his long standing drug addiction.

Dunleavy of Ballybough House apartment complex in Ballybough pleaded guilty to assault causing harm and using a hammer in an assault in the same apartment complex on July 1, 2011. He has 60 previous convictions.

Garda David Graham told prosecuting counsel Anne Marie Lawlor BL that Dunleavy and Rafferty had been in a relationship but were not an item at the time.

They were drinking together and Dunleavy was taking drugs. He told Ms Rafferty that he had been in a relationship with someone else since they had broken up.

She told him to get out and he responded by hitting her with his arm which was in a cast. He then got a hammer and screwdriver from a drawer and began smashing up the sitting room.

When he started hitting her with the hammer Ms Rafferty was sure he was going to kill her. He hit her in the face and she could hear her teeth falling on the wooden floor.

He then grabbed her handbag and fled but went back inside the complex when he saw gardai arriving. Meanwhile the woman ran outside.

Dunleavy locked himself back in the apartment and began smashing windows and mirrors. When he smashed the glass in the front door gardai entered and pepper sprayed him after he refused to put down the hammer.

When he was charged he said: "Louise is getting me charged is she? I'll soon sort that out."

The court heard Ms Rafferty is a homeless drug addict and has not completed a victim impact report.

Defence counsel Lorcan Staines BL said his client was drunk and on drugs at the time and had serious psychological issues. He added Dunleavy is now disgusted and ashamed of what he did.

Read More

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News