Lifetime ban for violent ex-boyfriend in lieu of jail
A MAN has avoided jail for a violent assault on his former partner on condition that he stays away from her for the rest of his life.
Andrew Kirwan (35) was angry and drunk when he launched a "hail of verbal and physical abuse", grabbed her by her hair and banged her head against a stairs.
The woman was left badly bruised and her eye was swollen and bloodshot. She had bruises on her arms and legs and bruises and cuts on her chest.
Kirwan, of Bryanstown Court, Drogheda, Co Louth, had pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm but was convicted after a five-day trial.
Yesterday Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy heard Kirwan has stayed out of trouble since his conviction and has completed an addiction course. The judge imposed a three-year sentence which he suspended for three years.
In a victim impact report, read to the court by Garda Louise McConnell, the woman said she was on anti-depressants for a year after the attack.
During the trial she said her partner began beating her when they got home from a party after a row over someone she had previously slept with.