Tuesday 25 October 2016

Jealous wife in assault on woman husband brought home

Published 22/01/2016 | 11:02

Kay Sealy (35), left, found guilty of assaulting Charlotte Akomfrah (27), right
Kay Sealy (35), left, found guilty of assaulting Charlotte Akomfrah (27), right

A JEALOUS wife has been found guilty of assaulting a woman her husband brought home after he told the victim he was in an “open relationship”.

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Kay Sealy was enraged to find Charlotte Akomfrah in her home and threw the victim’s shoes at her leaving the young woman with a cut to her head.

 Ms Akomfrah (27) had been out in the city centre on work drinks on the night of August 30, 2014.

 Tallaght District Court heard how she and Sealy’s husband, Ciaran Sealy, had been flirting and he asked her to come home with him.

 She asked if Mr Sealy was married and he said he was in an “open relationship”, Ms Akomfrah said in her testimony.

 Ms Akomfrah said she got a taxi to Tallaght with Mr Sealy in the early hours of August 31.

 She said they had been kissing when they arrived at his house at Deerpark Place and she later went to the bathroom.

“There was a tug on the handle of the door.

“When I came out I heard a woman screaming, calling me names, calling me a bitch. She started hitting me. I was so shocked.

“She kept on hitting me. She started hitting me with my shoes. I was crying out ‘please stop, I’m sorry, I didn’t know’.

“I saw a man standing in the doorway. I asked him to help me. He just shook his head. I made it out onto the street. I saw my head was pumping blood. I rang an ambulance”.

She said she was taken to hospital and later reported the incident in Blackrock Garda Station.

 Under cross-examination by Ms Sealy’s lawyer, Michael Hennessy, Ms Akomfrah denied that she had been completely naked.

 He put it to her that she hadn’t been hit over the head with her shoes and that the lodger in the house had thrown the shoes out the door.

 Ms Akomfrah told Mr Hennessy that she did not have a good memory of the incident.

 Christopher Merriman, the Sealy’s lodger, he had heard noise from downstairs and that he saw Ms Akomfrah “standing nude”.

“She was asking for help. I told her to put her clothes on and to leave. Kay just pushed her out the door. She threw her shoes out and then Kay and Ciaran had a bit of an argument,” Mr Merriman said.

 Kay Sealy (35), of Deerpark Place, Tallaght, had pleaded not guilty to assaulting Ms Akomfrah causing her harm.

 She told the court that she heard some noise from the sitting room. She said she thought the injured party was a burglar. She said she found her husband in his jeans and Ms Akomfrah in just her underwear.

“I asked her to get out. She refused. I must have asked her to leave ten times. She just wouldn’t leave. She asked Christopher for help. She turned around and said ‘I want my shoes’.” She said she pushed Ms Akomfrah out the door.

 The Solicitor for the DPP asked Ms Sealy to explain how Ms Akomfrah got a cut on the head.

“I presume it was when I threw the shoes. If I was in somebody else’s house and was asked to leave. I would get out fast,” she said.

 Asking Judge Coughlan to acquit his client, Mr Hennessy said “no wife in Ireland would have acted differently”.

“The villain of the piece was not before the court,” he added.

 Judge Coughlan said the defendant was charged with assault and the injured party had received a cut to the head.

 He found Sealy guilty and fined her €75.

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