Monday 19 March 2018

Woman attacked in her home thought she would die

Security guard Alan Kilmartin outside the court in Ennis
Security guard Alan Kilmartin outside the court in Ennis

Gordon Deegan

A COURT has heard how a security guard on a ghost estate entered a female teacher's home and carried out an "unprovoked and savage assault" on her with a metal bar.

At Ennis Circuit Court, Alan Kilmartin (33), of Davitt Terrace, Cloughleigh, Ennis, Co Clare, pleaded guilty to the assault causing serious harm on the woman at Acha Bhaile, Lahinch Road, Ennis, Co Clare, on March 2, 2012.

David Sutton SC, counsel for father-of-two Kilmartin, said the attack was "an appalling incident" involving "an unprovoked and savage assault".

Garda Niall Cosgrove said Mr Kilmartin called to the woman's home and asked her to check her water pressure.

However, after she had done so, Kilmartin moved into her hallway and began to strike her repeatedly across the head with a metal bar while telling her to "shut up, shut up".

Gda Cosgrove said that at one stage the man told the woman to take her clothes off.

The garda added that after the sustained attack Kilmartin told the woman "I'm sorry for what I have done" and added: "You call the gardai."

Shortly afterwards, he left.

When interviewed by gardai, Kilmartin couldn't provide any reason as to why he had assaulted the woman.

Gda Cosgrave said that Kilmartin, who has no previous convictions and suffers from a depressive disorder, spent 22 days in the acute psychiatric unit in Ennis after the attack. A letter of apology to the woman from Kilmartin was read out in the court.

In her victim impact statement, the woman said: "I fell to my knees and he kept hitting me over the head with the bar. I thought he would not stop until I was dead."

She added: "I believe his motive that night was to concuss me and to rape me."

Judge Carroll Moran adjourned sentencing to October 14.

He ordered that the €3,000 offered by Kilmartin – and refused by his victim – be paid into court.

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