Woman leapt from moving van to flee ex-lover
A mother of three was so scared of a former lover who was punching her while driving that she jumped out of his van, fracturing her skull and causing an internal brain bleed.
Gavin Corr (37), of Priory Lawn in Ballybeg, Waterford city, was found guilty of two counts of assaulting the woman, causing her harm.
Following five hours of deliberations at the Circuit Court into Friday night, the jury found father-of-two Corr guilty of inflicting such terror on the woman that she felt forced to flee the moving van.
The woman was also left with a broken wrist, no skin left on the right-hand side of her body, a black eye, bruising to her face and an injured elbow. She spent nine days in hospital as a result of her injuries.
Corr himself, in evidence, said: "I thought she was going to die."
He took the woman to his house following the incident and then to University Hospital Waterford, the court heard.
Noel Whelan, prosecuting, told the jury at the outset of the three-day trial that the assaults occurred at Garrus beach near Tramore and while travelling from the secluded beach to the woman's home on September 22, 2015.
Corr admitted to texting another woman inappropriately, effectively causing an end to his one-year relationship in 2015.
The pair, both parents with their own children, did not live together during the relationship.
When Corr called around some weeks following the break-up, asking for her to reconcile, the woman was worried that her children might overhear, so agreed to go for a drive with Corr to the beach.
"He was constantly shouting at me, telling me, 'This is not over; it can't end like this'.
"He was giddy, worked up…hyper."
While at Garrus, he became aggressive. He pushed the woman over on a concrete area at the beach and she injured her elbow.
She demanded that he take her home and he finally agreed.
The woman told the court how, on the drive home, Corr mocked her complaints about her injury and told her that "you're going f**king nowhere".
She said: "I pushed him back. I said, 'You're a liar and a thief. I'm sick of your temper'. He grabbed me again. My elbow was bleeding. I was crying."
Corr told the court: "She just jumped. She took off the seatbelt."
Corr was bailed to appear at the court again for sentencing on February 23.