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Dad is jailed for attacking sons' mother

A man who viciously attacked his former partner and mother of his two children because he wanted to see his sons has been jailed for two years.

Derek McCann (33), of Walkinstown Park, Walkinstown, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting Natasha Kane, causing her harm at her flat in Dolphin's House on November 23, 2012.

Their two boys, aged five and three years old, were asleep in the flat at the time.


The court heard Ms Kane received a call from McCann that night asking to be let into the flat. She immediately called '999' as she anticipated there would be trouble. McCann then forced the door and attacked her.

McCann later told gardai he had eight to 10 cans of beer and admitted kicking the woman while she was on the ground.

He said they had been "at war" over his access to the children and that when he called to the flat that night he had a "funny feeling" there was someone in there with Ms Kane.

The assault came to an end after a fight broke out between McCann and Ms Kane's boyfriend, and McCann ran out of the flat. The gardai arrived three minutes later.

Judge Patrick McCartan had jailed McCann last March for two years after he heard he had carried out a number of drug-fuelled robberies and thefts in July and September 2012.

McCann told gardai he had carried out the raids to get cash to buy his children a swing set.

The court heard at the hearing that McCann is a heroin addict who has been on a methadone programme.

His other convictions include burglary, possession of firearms and assault causing harm.

Vincent Heneghan, defending, said that his client had "rose-tinted glasses" on and was hoping to re-establish a relationship with his sons after he was released from prison.

He said the offence was "borne out of rage and jealousy" when McCann learned that Ms Kane had started a new relationship.

Garda Niall Kinsella told Ronan Kennedy, prosecuting, that Ms Kane was left sore and bruised after the attack.


A victim impact report said she was terrified to stay in the flat and has since moved with her children to Wexford.

Judge McCartan accepted McCann was sorry and wished him luck in dealing with his heroin addiction while in prison.