Sunday 18 August 2019

Man warned his partner 'tonight is your execution' as he attacked her

A man kicked and punched his partner in a violent assault at his Dublin home while telling her “tonight was her execution”, (stock photo)
A man kicked and punched his partner in a violent assault at his Dublin home while telling her “tonight was her execution”, (stock photo)
Robin Schiller

Robin Schiller

A man kicked and punched his partner in a violent assault at his Dublin home while telling her "tonight was her execution", a court has heard.

Barry O'Donoghue (38) will be sentenced next Friday for assault causing harm and threatening to kill Kerrie Gamble at his Drimnagh home between October 20 and 21, 2016.

Yesterday, Dublin Circuit Court heard evidence of how O'Donoghue pulled the woman back into the house following an argument at the property, and proceeded to assault her. The court was told that Ms Gamble had to have surgery on her eye and have one eyeball pulled forward to match her other eye due to the force used in the attack.

O'Donoghue, of Mourne Road, Drimnagh, but originally from Carlow, told her that he had been planning the attack and that she was going to die.

Garda Keith O'Brien, of Sundrive Road garda station, gave evidence that at around 6.30pm on October 20, 2016, O'Donoghue arrived at the house on Mourne Road and a confrontation occurred.

He started to punch her at the bottom of the stairs and shouted that "she was only ever evil to him". O'Donoghue then picked her up and brought her into the kitchen where he continued punching and kicking her.

He then returned to the house and told Ms Gamble "tonight was her execution", Garda O'Brien said.

"He was asking Ms Gamble if she would wish to be shot and in respect of what size gun and in respect of what ammunition would be used," he told the court.

While issuing the threats, O'Donoghue was holding a bread knife and a tea towel, and in her victim impact statement, she described how she fears that O'Donoghue will follow through on his threats when released from prison.

"I consider the night of October 20 as the night I should have died and I genuinely don't know how I made it out alive that night," she said.

She described the extensive physical damage from the assault, which left her with two black eyes, nerve damage to the left side of her face and requiring surgery. A letter of apology was handed into the court yesterday, which was read by Ms Gamble, who said: "I don't buy it."

At a trial in February, a jury found O'Donoghue guilty of assault causing harm and threatening to kill Ms Gamble at his Drimnagh home.

He was found not guilty of two further charges of false imprisonment and making threats to kill on the same date.

Irish Independent

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