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Sunday 22 April 2018

Former soldier who battered ex-partner faces jail

Declan Brennan

A judge has said she will jail a former soldier who repeatedly punched and kicked his ex- partner, fracturing her eye sockets, face and skull.

Jessica Bowes begged for her life during the "merciless" attack by Jonathan McSherry (34).

Judge Melanie Greally said that after his "brutal acts of violence" McSherry left his victim in "a very perilous position".

McSherry (34), of Cedarbrook Walk, Cherry Orchard, Dublin, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm at Grange View Way, Clondalkin, on December 20, 2015.

Footage of the attack, played in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, showed him punching Jessica Bowes to the ground, kicking her at least four times and then dragging her along the ground and continuing to punch her.

Ms Bowes lost consciousness after the first punch and then a second time during what she described as a "merciless" attack. She said she thought she was going to die.

The assault left her with permanent scarring and nerve damage.

In a victim impact report, the mother-of-three said her lips wouldn't close together fully and in a cold environment her top lip didn't move, making her face look "deformed".

The court heard there were fractures to her skull, eye sockets and cheek bone. The imprint of a shoe was left on her face and there were boot marks under her chin.

She had a metal plate put into her face. Her memory was impaired and she relied on her 10-year-old daughter to remind her of the younger children's birthdays.

Ms Bowes said she was now overprotective of her children and in a constant state of anxiety.

She had nightmares about McSherry and became paralysed with fear and "trapped in a nightmare".

When she wakes up from these nightmares, she "cries her eyes out".

Judge Greally remanded McSherry on continuing bail until December 21 so he can continue his treatment at the Coolmine residential drug treatment programme. She said that a prison sentence was inevitable given the severity of the assault and of the injuries.

Irish Independent

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