Man jailed for two years for serious assaults on ex-partnerGary Ibbotson 11 Mar 2022
By Declan Brennan
A man has received a prison sentence of two years and nine months for three “reprehensible” attacks on his partner.
In one attack in April 2017, Evan Keogh (26) pulled the victim down the stairs, causing her to fall on her arm in pain and feared she had broken it.
In another attack in December 2017, he bent the young woman’s ankle to the point of pain, while in the third attack in January 2018, he split the girl’s lip and bit her finger drawing blood.
Keogh of Alpine Heights, Clondalkin, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to three counts of assault causing harm at various locations in the capital on dates between April 2017 and January 2018. The victim was aged in her 20s at the time.
Garda Sergeant Eamonn Whelan told Antonia Boyle BL, prosecuting, that Keogh and the victim were in an “on again off again” relationship since March 2014.
She said on April 17, 2017, they had separated when Keogh showed up at the woman’s house.
When she told him she didn’t want him there he began shouting at her “who are you going to get to ride you” and he threw her phone on the floor smashing it, the court heard.
The woman was sitting on the top of the stairs and Keogh pulled her foot and she fell onto the stairs, “whacking” her backside off the stairs and getting her arm stuck between her and the wall.
The court heard Keogh apologised after and offered to bring the victim to hospital.
She later went to gardai and Keogh was arrested, charged and released on bail pending prosecution.
He was out on bail the following December when he and the woman were together again.
She told gardai later that they were sitting in her home when she “made a smart comment” and Keogh flipped out.
He began bending her ankle back “trying to break it” and causing her to cry out in pain.
She told gardai that she walked with a limb for days after the attack and Keogh said he wasn’t sorry because “she deserved it”.
On January 8, 2018, Keogh again attacked the woman, this time backhanding her in the face causing her lip to bleed and swell.
He also bit her baby finger at a point where she had broken it three years earlier.
Defending counsel told Judge Martin Nolan that this was a tempestuous relationship, but that his client takes full responsibility for his actions and is unequivocally remorseful.
Judge Nolan said these were pretty nasty and “reprehensible” assaults.
He imposed a 15 month prison sentence for the first attack and a consecutive term of 18 months for the following assaults.
He backdated the sentence to March 2021 when Keogh went into custody for these offences.