Friday 23 March 2018

Man jailed for cocaine-fuelled attack on ex girlfriend

Tom Tuite

A man, who dragged his ex-partner along the ground before kicking her in the face during a cocaine fuelled attack, has been given an eight-month sentence.

Father-of-one, Daniel Prenderville (26), who has an address at Rutland Avenue, in Crumlin, Dublin, pleaded guilty before Dublin District Court to assault causing harm to the woman, on June 20 last year.

Judge Bryan Smyth was told that the woman, with whom Prenderville has a child, had been attacked at Sundrive Road, in Crumlin.

Prenderville “dragged the female along the ground and kicked her a number of times in the face”.

She suffered a bloody nose and bruising to her face but has made a full recovery, Judge Smyth heard.

Defence solicitor Michael Kelleher said that Prenderville had cocaine and alcohol abuse problems as well as anger management issues.

The lawyer said that on the day of the attack Prenderville had taken cocaine and had got into a row with his ex-partner. “Some personal and hurtful things were said, he completely over reacted,” Mr Kelleher told the court in mitigation pleas, adding that Prenderville accepts that his actions were disgraceful.

The judge heard that the 26-year-old man is currently serving a six-year sentence imposed earlier this year at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Mr Kelleher said Prenderville is attending counselling for his anger problem and taking part in courses in prison.

Prenderville had “burned a lot of bridges” which he hopes to rebuild when he gets released, the lawyer said.

He also asked the court to note that a guilty plea had been entered and this had spared the victim the distress of having to give evidence.

Judge Smyth, who had been furnished with a probation report, imposed an eight-month sentence on Prenderville, who did not address the court.

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