Seven years for Andrew Freaney after 'horrific' garda attack
A MAN who inflicted "horrific" eye injuries on a garda when he kicked her in the face at a Halloween bonfire has been sent to prison for seven years, writes Conor Kane.
Andrew Freaney (24), of Elm Park, Clonmel, was found guilty earlier this week of seriously assaulting Garda Helena Power on October 31, 2008.
During his sentencing hearing at Clonmel Circuit Court yesterday, it emerged he had a previous conviction for assaulting Garda Power on Christmas Eve of 2006, and also a conviction for assaulting her colleague, Garda Eoin Clifford, along with 17 other previous convictions.
Freaney was given a 10-year prison sentence by Judge Thomas McDonagh, who suspended the last three on condition of good behaviour for 10 years. He also received a three-year sentence for assaulting Sergeant Thomas O'Halloran, causing him harm, to which he pleaded guilty.
The Garda Representative Association last night welcomed the outcome of the case, saying they hoped the sentence would act as a deterrent to anyone tempted to assault gardai.
Garda Power's right eye-socket was fractured in four places as a result of the kick she received from Freaney at a bonfire in Bianconi Drive, Clonmel. Her eyeball needed 14 stitches while two operations were needed to correct eyesight problems.