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Sunday 17 December 2017

Boyfriend punched and kicked partner before pouring Coke over her

Hugh Moody attacked his then-partner after a late-night row
Hugh Moody attacked his then-partner after a late-night row

A young man kicked and punched his girlfriend and then poured a can of Coke over her hair and body as she lay injured on a bed.

Hugh Moody (23) attacked his then-partner at their home after she pushed a takeaway into his face during a row when he returned from a night out.

The judge adjourned the case for a victim impact statement, saying what the woman had gone through was "horrific".

Moody pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to assault causing harm to his then-girlfriend at their home in Grove Park, Dublin 6, on November 8, 2016.

Garda Stuart Byrne said Moody and his partner had been living together for a short time when the incident happened.

Moody, of Glasson, Athlone, Co Westmeath, had been out socialising with friends and arrived home at about 3.30am.

An argument ensued between Moody and his partner, who had stayed in for the night.

Moody was eating a takeaway and she pushed it into his shirt and face.

The defendant slapped his girlfriend in the face and she slapped him back, bloodying his nose.

Horrific

He followed her to a bedroom, where he punched her in the back, knocking her to the ground.

While she was on the floor, he kicked her "numerous times" to the hip area and to the body, Gda Byrne said.

The victim got up and Moody pushed her onto the bed.

"He poured a can of Coke over her hair, her body and her clothes," the garda said.

She then left that bedroom and locked herself in another bedroom, but he kicked the door and continued to be verbally abusive to her.

She phoned gardai, who attended the scene.

The victim was taken by gardai to her friend's house that night and saw a doctor the next day.

Judge Gerard Jones asked if there was a victim impact statement.

Gda Byrne said there was not but the woman was willing to make one.

Defence barrister Simon Matthews said the accused accepted the injuries were of a serious nature.

He was eager to have the case dealt with as soon as possible.

Judge Jones asked if the victim was in fear. She did not want to be in the same courtroom as Moody, Gda Byrne said.

"What this woman went through is horrific," said Judge Jones.

"I want to hear her side of the story and I want to hear how she is doing."

Mitigation and sentencing will proceed after the statement is provided to the court.

The Director of Public Prosecutions had directed summary disposal of the case in the district court and another judge accepted jurisdiction to deal with it on a previous date.

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