Wednesday 22 November 2017

Man jailed for assault and text death-threats to ex-partner

Niamh O'Donoghue

A man has been sentenced to three years in jail for assaulting and threatening his ex-partner in text messages.

Robert Keeley (23), of Clondalkin, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty to assaulting Nicola Donnan at the Green Isle Hotel, Clondalkin, between December 31, 2008 and January 1, 2009 at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

He also pleaded guilty to making threats to kill or cause serious harm by means of text message between March 1, 2009 and May 5, 2009.

He had pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm and false imprisonment. However, these charges were withdrawn on agreement.

Judge Desmond Hogan sentenced him to three years in prison with the last six months suspended and backdated it to November 2009.

Garda Ashling Brophy said the assault happened at a wedding in the Green Isle Hotel in Clondalkin after a row. Gda Brophy told Geraldine Small, prosecuting, that Keeley called Ms Donnan "a slut".

"He started throwing chairs and got a phone charger" and "wrapped it around her neck", the garda said.

He started punching her in the stomach while a pillow was put over her face before security came and asked Keeley to leave.

Between 25 and 30 texts were sent to Ms Donnan by the accused between March 1 and May 5, 2009. In the texts, he said he was "going to make her suffer" and was "going to burn out her car". He said he was going to "finish her off" and would "kill us both".

Irish Independent

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