Monday 22 December 2014

Man who head-butted former partner walks free

Nicola Donnelly

Published 06/03/2014 | 17:24

Flood pleaded guilty at Balbriggan District Court

A MAN who head-butted his former partner, breaking her nose, following an argument has avoided a prison sentence after he was ordered to complete community service work.

Peter Flood (32) was handed 240 hours community service work in lieu of a six month prison sentence. He was also bound to the peace for two years.

Judge Dermot Dempsey told Flood, who has 55 previous convictions, this is his 'final opportunity'.

Flood of Cherry Avenue in Swords pleaded guilty at Balbriggan District Court to assault causing harm to his former partner at Mourne Place in Skerries on March 18th, 2012.

Garda Anthony O'Connor said that following a verbal argument at a house in Skerries, Flood headbutted his then partner at the top of the stairs, breaking her nose. He then fled the scene when gardai were called.

Flood, who has 55 previous convictions, including a previous Section 3 assault causing harm, for which he served a three year sentence in 2008, 'breached the trust' of the mother of his children, according to defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy.

'The relationship has since fallen apart,' added Ms D'Arcy.

'Unfortunately he has a long standing addiction to drugs but he is making huge efforts to address this,' she said.

'It is completely unacceptable the way he behaved and he has paid a huge price already by not being able to see his children,' Ms D'Arcy added, asking Judge Dempsey not to jail him and to allow him to continue with his drug rehabilitation.

She said Flood's probation report was 'positive'.

Judge Dempsey ordered that Flood continue with his anger management, drug and alcohol treatment.

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