Tuesday 17 July 2018

Man jailed for glassing after girlfriend said she was raped

Sean O’Dea. Photo: Courtpix
Sean O’Dea. Photo: Courtpix

Fiona Ferguson

The son of a senior civil servant who violently assaulted two men after his ex-girlfriend claimed she had been raped has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

The hotel suite where Sean O'Dea (28) attacked the men looked like a "bomb had hit it", with blood on the walls and ceilings, Garda Niall Murray told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

O'Dea of Woodside, Clontarf, Dublin pleaded guilty to two counts of assault causing harm to his two victims at the Radisson Hotel in Dublin city centre on September 21, 2013.

He is the son of the former chief executive of the family support agency, the court heard.

Judge Melanie Greally said crimes committed in retribution for perceived criminal acts do not belong in a special category. She said O'Dea' s actions demonstrated "an intolerable disregard for the law".

She said it was noteworthy the Director of Public Prosecutions had ultimately not prosecuted the man accused of rape.

Judge Greally noted O'Dea had since lost the certificate to operate his security business and that testimonials handed into court spoke well of him. She imposed concurrent sentences totalling three-and-a- half years.

The night before the attack took place, O'Dea's ex-partner was socialising with a group of people, the court heard.

The next morning, O'Dea's ex-partner alleged one of the men had raped her. Later that morning, O'Dea and his ex- partner went to the hotel suite, where O'Dea hit one of the men over the head up to six times with a wheel brace.

He then smashed a number of glasses, and cut the man around the face and chin with the stem of a wine glass.

During the attack, O'Dea said: "Do you know who I am? I'm going to come back with a gun and shoot you", Gda Murray told the court.

Hotel staff called the gardaí who pulled O'Dea over shortly after the attack. There was blood inside the car.


In victim impact statements submitted to court, the men said they suffered from anxiety and depression.

Defence barrister, Padraig Dwyer SC, told the court, O'Dea, who has 27 previous convictions, mainly relating to road traffic offences, has never been in prison before and was a "positive individual".

Irish Independent

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