Monday 23 October 2017

Man jailed for two years for attacking his ex-girlfriend

Fiona Ferguson

A man has been jailed for two years after assaulting a former girlfriend as she sat in her car.

Nicholas Brennan (38), who has a previous conviction for harassment of the woman, told the court he would stay away from her in future and she would never hear from him again.

Brennan of Ballyogan Vale, Carrickmines, was convicted by a Dublin Circuit Criminal Court jury earlier this month of assaulting the woman and two counts of criminal damage of her car in Ballybrack on May 6, 2011.

He was acquitted by the jury of a further count of assault, making a threat to kill or cause serious harm and production of an article on the same occasion.

Judge Margaret Heneghan noted Brennan’s undertakings to stay away from the woman and imposed a two year sentence.

Garda Tara Byrne told Maurice Coffey BL, prosecuting, that the woman was sitting in her car when she spotted Brennan and moved off in an attempt to get past him. He knocked the wing mirror as she passed.

The woman panicked and drove into a cul de sac. Brennan smashed the car window with a can of beer. Before leaving the scene Brennan attempted to gain access to the car through the sun roof and grabbed the woman’s arm and ripped her top.

Gda Byrne said Brennan had previous convictions for harassment and threats to this woman.

She said Brennan and the injured party had been in a relationship for a number of months and after the break up of the relationship the woman received a large number of texts from Brennan. Brennan had also called the woman’s mother’s house.

Gda Byrne said Brennan had also threatened to kill the woman when she attempted to ring gardai after he approached her in a supermarket.

The woman outlined in a victim impact statement handed into court that she was in fear of Brennan, she still suffers from panic attacks and is constantly looking over her shoulder.

Gda Byrne agreed with Patrick Reynolds BL, defending, that it was fair to say that the victim never wants to have to see or hear from Brennan again. She agreed Brennan had been in custody for five and a half months on this matter.

Brennan told Judge Heneghan that he accepted the accepted the verdict of the jury.

“I am sorry for any hurt I caused for anyone” said Brennan. “I just want to go home to my family. I will never go into her life again. She will never hear from me again.”

Mr Reynolds said Brennan grew up in a stable family and had a good work history. He said the offending was “a matter which got out of hand and must end.” He submitted this was an opportunity for all parties to “move on.”

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