Thursday 14 December 2017

Jilted lover 'fired' carton of milkshake at his ex's car

John Kavanagh at Ennis Court
John Kavanagh at Ennis Court

Gordon Deegan

A jilted lover told his ex in a WhatsApp message: "You destroyed my life and now I am going to do the same to you."

John Kavanagh (27) pursued the woman by car along a motorway in an intimidating manner before pulling up at a roundabout and throwing milkshake all over her car door.

Kavanagh, of Moy, Kinvara, Co Galway, also sent a Snapchat message in May last year to the victim's brother stating: "She is going to pay big time."

In the case, Kavanagh pleaded guilty to harassing his ex over a six-month period between March and September of last year and sending her offensive and grossly offensive messages by phone on dates between March and July.

Kavanagh also pleaded guilty to assaulting her new boyfriend "with a severe box that drew blood" at the Queen's hotel nightclub on October 31 last year.

Judge Patrick Durcan said: "This has been a terrible case with terrible facts outlined.

"An excess of love can be the most damaging thing that can affect people and in this case, Mr Kavanagh's excess of love has been very damaging and ended in the realm of severe criminality."

Kavanagh has already spent five nights in Limerick prison after breaching the terms of his bail.

He had made contact with his ex-girlfriend through Instagram.

Judge Durcan yesterday remanded Kavanagh on bail with the warning: "If there is another breach, you will go to jail. This is not a creche."

Judge Durcan granted Kavanagh bail after the Co Galway man agreed to the directions of his consultant psychiatrist, Dr Moosajee Bhamjee.

The solicitor for Kavanagh, Angela Dempsey, said that her client was in a bad place mentally last year.

He is now under the care of Dr Bhamjee.

She said that her client has never been in court before.


Outlining Kavanagh's intimidating driving on June 24, Garda Micheál O'Gorman said on the way back from Cork, Kavanagh started tailgating the woman's car on the Limerick Ennis motorway.

He said that the woman was travelling at 120kph and Kavanagh veered right as if he was going to overtake her on the grass margin.

The woman pulled off the motorway into Ennis, and Kavanagh eventually pulled up alongside her at a roundabout near the local train station.

Garda O'Gorman said: "Mr Kavanagh pulled up beside her and fired a carton of liquid like a milkshake at her, splashing it all over the driver's door."

He said that the woman pulled down the window, and shouted at him to stop.

Garda O'Gorman said: "She was too afraid to stop and call the gardaí as she was afraid of what the defendant might do."

Judge Durcan remanded Kavanagh on bail to April 5.

Irish Independent

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