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'I've been to hell' says woman who was beaten by ex

A YOUNG man who viciously assaulted an ex-girlfriend in his car after a night drinking has been remanded in custody with consent to bail to allow him to attend for drug treatment.

Paul McMenamy (24), of Donomore Green, Tallaght, had previously left another ex-girlfriend with an eye injury from punching her in the face with a key in his fist.

McMenamy admitted at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting Ms Nicola O'Keefe in a car park at Blessington Road, Tallaght, on February 2, 2008. He had four previous convictions, including drink-driving and assault.



Flashbacks

Ms O'Keefe, who was 19 years old at the time, described how she now felt "terrified" around men and that she suffered nightmares and flashbacks.

She told Melanie Greally, prosecuting, that she had since moved house, left college and lost all her confidence.

She said: "He (McMenamy) has put me through hell and I'm going to have to live with that for the rest of my life."

Judge Katherine Delahunt said it was a serious case but she noted that McMenamy had since made efforts to deal with his drug addiction.

She said she would impose a three-year sentence but suspend the balance of it, if McMenamy successfully completed his drug treatment. She adjourned the case to next April.

McMenamy has been on remand in custody, pending sentence, since last November.

The court was told McMenamy bit Ms O'Keefe's ear and punched her in the face and stomach after he consumed up to 11 drinks on a night out.

McMenamy asked his victim if she would agree to say she had got her injuries from him crashing the car. She refused.

The judge heard he admitted that he grabbed Ms O'Keefe's head from behind, slapped her face off the dashboard and hit her on the way back up.

McMenamy later ended up in hospital that night after writing off his car.

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