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Thursday 19 October 2017

Granddad left lover bleeding from punches

A GRANDFATHER who punched his partner of 17 years in the face, leaving her bleeding profusely from the nose, has been given a suspended sentence for assault.

Anthony Kinsella (54) punched his partner twice, causing her to fall and hit a fireplace in the incident at her home, then claimed self defence.

Judge Catherine Murphy found him guilty and suspended a four-month sentence after hearing he had no recent previous convictions.

Kinsella, of no fixed address, was convicted of assault causing harm to Martina Brophy at Homelawn Gardens, Tallaght. He had pleaded not guilty.

Ms Brophy told Dublin District Court that Kinsella attacked her on July 18 this year.

She said the accused punched her twice in the face and with the second punch her nose began to bleed and she fell and hit her head on the fireplace.

Ms Brophy denied that she struck Kinsella and that she tripped and hit her head because she had taken too much drink.



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"The second time he hit me I fell and when I got up I was disorientated," Ms Brophy said.

A garda witness said he went to the scene, met Ms Brophy outside and took a picture of her injuries on his mobile phone.

"We went into the house and spoke to her partner, who said there had been a row and the two of them hit each other."

Kinsella told the court they had both been out for a few drinks and went back to the house. When they got there, he claimed, they were sitting "staring at each other" when she jumped up and said, "I want you out of the house".

"She came running towards me and started striking me with her fists," he claimed. "I put my hands up to stop her."

He claimed he put his hand out and hit Ms Brophy with an open-handed slap on the nose to stop her hitting him.

Judge Murphy said she was satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the incident had happened as the victim had recounted it.

She suspended the four-month sentence for a year.

aphelan@herald.ie

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