Wednesday 17 January 2018

Man will serve an extra 32 months in prison for viciously beating his girlfriend while on bail for previous attack on her

Terence Russell (41) stabbed woman with corkscrew and pinched her breasts. Then he told her he loved her, court hears

The Courts of Criminal Justice Dublin
The Courts of Criminal Justice Dublin

By Conor Gallagher

A man will serve an extra 32 months in prison for viciously beating his girlfriend while on bail for a previous attack on her.

Terence Russell (41) slapped and punched Elizabeth Gaffney in a lengthy assault. He also bit her on the nose, stabbed her with a corkscrew and pinched her breasts.

Ms Gaffney has since been forced to move home because Russell knows where she lives and she fears he will come for revenge. In a victim impact report, she called Russell a vindictive man “who has done terrible things”.

Russell is currently serving a three year sentence handed down for another attack on Ms Gaffney earlier that year. In that assault, Russell bit her on the face, neck and arm and left her in an extremely distressed state.

He is also serving another concurrent three year term for assaulting two gardaí who came to arrest him for the attack.

Today Judge Martin Nolan said Ms Gaffney was “beaten, terrified and humiliated during the second assault and that she no doubt believed she was going to be killed that night. He said Russell has shown himself to be a “violent and very, very aggressive man”.

The judge imposed a 32-month sentence which will begin when Russell is released from his current term this December.

Russell of Rafters Road, Drimnagh pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm at his home on September 5, 2012. He has 34 previous convictions including assault, burglary and drug dealing.

Garda Michael Muldoon told prosecuting counsel John Fitzgerald BL that the couple were drinking together but the mood soured as the evening progressed. Russell kicked Ms Gaffney in the shins and called her a 'bitch'.

He then smashed her phone and began to punch and kick her extremely hard. He grabbed her hair and stabbed her in the arm with a corkscrew.

Russell’s mood then changed and he told her he loved her. He asked her not to leave because he believed she would go straight to gardaí.

The next day Ms Gaffney, who had severe bruising to her face, reported the assault at the insistence of her son. Russell’s bail was revoked and he was remanded to Cloverhill Prison.

Ms Gaffney said in her victim impact report that she suffers nightmares and is still terrified of Russell. She said the father of her children won’t let them stay at her house anymore because of her relationship with him.

Defence counsel John Berry BL said Russell has problems with heroin and alcohol but that he is now taking several education courses in prison. He submitted that he wanted to get out of prison to spend time with his elderly mother.

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