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Jealous ex-boyfriend faces jail for attack in which 'rival' lost foot

Conor Gallagher

Published 04/11/2010 | 05:00

Joseph Cullen (42) beat the
man and knocked him over
twice with a car after chasing
him from his former partner's
home
Joseph Cullen (42) beat the man and knocked him over twice with a car after chasing him from his former partner's home
Kevin Byrne, who lost his foot after he was run over by Joseph Cullen, outside court yesterday. Photo: Collins

A MAN was yesterday convicted of running over his ex-girlfriend's employer, causing him to lose a foot.

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Joseph Cullen (42) beat the man and knocked him over twice with a car after chasing him from his former partner's home. The victim, a managing director of the woman's company, later lost his foot as a result.

Cullen claimed to gardai that he was still going out with Jackie White when the incident happened, despite her evidence that they had broken up several weeks previously.

He claimed he arrived at the house and saw Ms White and her employer kissing on the couch but denied assaulting him.

Cullen, of Adare Avenue, Coolock, had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm and causing serious harm to Kevin Byrne on March 8, 2008, at St Helena's Road, Finglas. He was found guilty by a jury on the serious harm charge after a five-day trial. At an earlier hearing Mr Byrne told the court he was at a work night out and was sharing a taxi home with two fellow employees. The taxi dropped one of the employees home, while he and Ms White continued on to her house.

Mr Byrne said he wanted to use the bathroom so he went into Ms White's house and the taxi drove off.

Ms White then said that she was going upstairs to use the bathroom and he sat downstairs. Shortly after there were two loud bangs at the front door and Ms White came down stairs. Cullen entered the house and began shouting . Ms White told her ex-boyfriend: "It's only Kevin from work."

Cullen then went in to the kitchen and opened a cutlery drawer, while Ms White followed and shouted: "No, Joey, run Kevin."

Mr Byrne ran out of the house with Cullen chasing him, shouting: "I'm going to get you."

He continued running until he was hit by a car, which sent him rolling down a hill. At the bottom of the hill, a car pulled up and three men, including Cullen got out and started to beat him before he fled.

After a short distance, he was struck again and knocked into the air by the same vehicle. He said that when he landed on the ground, his legs were underneath the car and it felt like his right leg was not there. The three men got out and Mr Byrne pleaded with them to not attack. One of the men said: "He's had enough" and all three drove away.

Drunk

Mr Byrne later had to undergo eight operations, including one to amputate his right foot.

Ms White had told the court she was drunk on the night and remembered little. She said the only thing she remembered was Cullen coming in the front door. She said they had split up around six weeks before and she had not seen him for two weeks.

Ms White said she remembered Mr Byrne running out of the house and Cullen running after him.

"It's just all so blurry, I can't remember," she said. She said the next thing she recalled was waking up the following morning. Judge Patrica Ryan remanded Cullen in custody until sentencing later this month.

Irish Independent

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