Sunday 17 November 2019

Man attacked pregnant wife with knives and saucepan

Caroline Crawford

A CONGOLESE man who subjected his pregnant wife to a sustained and violent assault, leaving her soaked in her own blood, has been jailed for two years.

DeOlive Muteba (41), with an address at Ard Alainn, Ballybane, Co Galway, was charged with seriously assaulting his wife and false imprisonment on March 14, 2011, at a house in Ros Aitinn, Upper Clybaun Road, Galway.

Muteba pleaded guilty to both counts.

The court heard that DeOlive Muteba had carried out a sustained attack on his wife with knives, beating her with a saucepan and using pieces of broken glass to assault her.

The assault begun on the night of March 13, 2011, and continued on the morning of March 14, 2011, for several hours. His wife was 17 weeks' pregnant at the time but the unborn child survived.

Gda Charles Cawley of Salthill garda station told the court it was quite apparent at the scene that a serious assault had taken place, describing it as a "sustained attack".

"The scene was quite horrific, there was a lot of blood. The injured party, she was soaked in her own blood," he added.

The court heard that the woman suffered seven injuries that needed stitches or gluing and had multiple bruises and lacerations.

Evidence was also given that some of the couple's four children may have seen the attack.

Mrs Muteba has since left her husband and is now living with her children in social housing in Dublin. The court heard how she had been shunned by her own community and friends since the incident.

'Nightmares'

"She is still quite shocked and the family as a whole suffered. The kids suffer nightmares and she does herself. She feels constantly at threat," said Gda Cawley.

The defence counsel said the couple had been experiencing marital problems at the time after his wife had become friendly with a local pastor.

The court heard DeOlive Muteba's father had been a Congolese diplomat and ambassador to Greece.

His father and brother had been murdered.

The family had moved to Greece but DeOlive Muteba later moved to Ireland.

His defence counsel said her client had "learned his lesson" and had "lost the woman he loved".

DeOlive Muteba had no previous convictions.

Judge Rory McCabe said he had to take into account that Mr Muteba's loss of control had occurred on two separate occasions, on the night of March 13 and then again on the morning of March 14.

He sentenced Mr Muteba to three years' imprisonment, suspending 12 months of the sentence.

Irish Independent

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