A man who beat up his former partner and subjected her to a “terrifying ordeal” has been given a suspended sentence.
Eddie Farnan (37) of Swiftbrook Park, Tallaght, Dublin pleaded guilty to one count of assault causing harm to his then partner Lisa Power at the same address on June 2, 2017.
He also pleaded guilty to threatening to kill or seriously harm Ms Power and to criminal damage on the same date.
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that during the prolonged assault, Farnan told the woman she wouldn't leave the house alive.
He dragged her by the hair and swung her around, threw her across a room, and placed his hands around her throat. The attack ended when he began hitting himself in the face and the victim grabbed her baby and ran out of the home.
After his arrest Farnan told gardaí the victim had “slagged” him off for self harming. He denied using violence.
A medical report found she had bruising on her neck and suffered whiplash to the neck. The court heard she still suffers daily headaches, nightmares and panic attacks since the attack.
In a victim impact statement she said the attack traumatised her in every way and the physical injuries left her unable to lift or play physically with her child.
Sentencing Farnan today Judge Karen O'Connor said she thought “long and hard” about jailing Farnan. But she accepted that he has made significant efforts at rehabilitating himself and has no history of violence prior to this assault.
She imposed a sentence of two years and nine months and suspended it entirely on a number of conditions.
“Had their been any violence in his background, I would have imposed a custodial sentence,” the judge said, before addressing Farnan directly.
“If you come before me again, you will serve the full sentence. If this woman is approached by you and you behave in an aggressive or unacceptable manner ever again, or during the probation period, you will spend this time in custody.
“I can't stress how close you came to getting a custodial sentence.”
Judge O'Connor said Farnan subjected Ms Power to a “terrifying ordeal” in front of their young child. “He terrified this woman and in addition to that, he caused injuries,” she said, noting Ms Power suffered a “whiplash type injury” to her neck and was traumatised after the assault.