Monday 23 October 2017

Chiropractor jailed for assault on ex-girlfriend

Sonya McLean and  Emer Connolly

A CHIROPRACTOR who broke into his ex-girlfriend's home and assaulted her has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Kevin Ginty (46), of St Columba's Terrace, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, pleaded guilty to burglary and assault at the woman's home on April 4, 2010.

At the Central Criminal Court yesterday, Mr Justice Paul Carney said he was taking into account the fact that the accused pleaded guilty and that there was a lack of "any relevant" previous convictions.

However, he said he was also taking into consideration the fact the incident had a serious effect on the victim.

"A woman is entitled to rely on the safety and security of her own bed in her home," said the judge. He imposed a five-year jail sentence, backdating it to last Monday when the defendant went into custody.

The court heard last week that Helen McEvily (33) was at home after a night out when Ginty climbed in through her sitting-room window. She managed to leave the house and call the gardai.

Garda Sergeant Martin Finnan told Deirdre Murphy, prosecuting, that Ms McEvily was making her way to a neighbour's house and was on the phone again to local gardai when the line went dead. Ginty wrapped his arm around her neck and dragged her back into the house.

He put the woman at the bottom of the stairs and struck her head off the bottom step before dragging her up to her bedroom. The gardai called her phone again but Ginty took it, impersonated a woman's voice and told officers the victim was at a disco.

Sgt Finnan said Ginty then left the house and she called the gardai again. When officers arrived at her home, Ginty drove up to the house and was arrested for drink driving.

Ms McEvily told the court that a part of her did not survive that night. "I am not the same mother, I am not the same sister," she said.

She said everything in her life now revolved around the fact that she was attacked.

Irish Independent

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