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'I was pretty disgusted with the behaviour, it was appalling' - Jules Thomas details partner Ian Bailey's abuse

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Court actions: Jules Thomas with her partner Ian Bailey outside the High Court in Dublin last Thursday.

Court actions: Jules Thomas with her partner Ian Bailey outside the High Court in Dublin last Thursday.

Court actions: Jules Thomas with her partner Ian Bailey outside the High Court in Dublin last Thursday.

The partner of journalist Ian Bailey has told the High Court that life with Mr Bailey was "not a bed of roses" and said that "there is no excuse for violence"

Artist Jules Thomas told the High Court today that "an attack happened on me" in 1993 after a lot of whiskey had been consumed.

The attacker was Mr Bailey who pushed her against a wall, leaving her with "very painful" injuries.

Ms Thomas said that she did not think that Mr Bailey knew what he was doing, adding: "That is not an excuse, there is no excuse for violence".

"I was pretty disgusted with the behaviour really, it was appalling," said Ms Thomas.

She said that Mr Bailey was "utterly remorseful" over the attack and that she forgave him over a period of time.

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Court actions: Jules Thomas with her partner Ian Bailey outside the High Court in Dublin last Thursday.

Court actions: Jules Thomas with her partner Ian Bailey outside the High Court in Dublin last Thursday.

Ian Bailey and his partner Jules Thomas outside the High Court yesterday

Ian Bailey and his partner Jules Thomas outside the High Court yesterday

Ian Bailey outside court last week

Ian Bailey outside court last week

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Court actions: Jules Thomas with her partner Ian Bailey outside the High Court in Dublin last Thursday.

Ms Thomas also told the High Court of a second "alcohol fuelled" assault carried out by Mr Bailey against her in May 1996.

"It was very bad," said Ms Thomas who confirmed that she experienced hair loss and facial injuries during the second assault.

On this occasion, Ms Thomas attended an A&E unit and was there until the following morning when she returned to her home in the Prairie, some five miles from Schull.

"It is hard to put into words, really, it was awful," an emotional Ms Thomas told barrister Jim Duggan of her return home and subsequent reunion with Mr Bailey.

There was another incident in 2001, the High Court heard, when Mr Bailey - whose leg was in plaster following an operation - swung his leg over Ms Thomas's face who had asked him to move to another room.

"He was outraged at being disturbed so he hit me with his crutches," said Ms Thomas, who said Mr Bailey was on strong painkillers and had drunk some wine.

Ms Thomas sought assistance after the 2001 incident by phoning a friend, Sue Hill, who in turn called the gardai.

"I was just so shocked and horrified I just wanted to get out of the house really," said Ms Thomas who was brought to her friends house by gardai after the assault.

Ms Thomas said that although the assaults were a "bad memory", she had forgiven Mr Bailey.

"It is kind of unforgivable, but I do believe there is good in everyone," she said.

Ms Thomas began her evidence last Friday. She agreed with her counsel she was arrested on February 10, 1997, for murder and said she was not asked any questions about how she did it.

She was subsequently released without charge.

The Garda Commissioner and the State deny Mr Bailey's claims for wrongful arrest and conspiracy arising from the conduct of the Garda investigation into the murder of French film-maker Sophie Toscan du Plantier, whose body was found in Schull, Cork on December 23, 1996.

Mr Bailey has always denied any involvement in her death.

The case continues before Mr Justice John Hedigan.

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