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Monday 18 December 2017

Actor Murray guilty of hitting former partner

David Murray
David Murray
Jessie Mulligan

ACTOR David Murray has been spared a jail sentence after he was convicted of attacking his former partner, who accused him of hitting and strangling her during a domestic row.

Murray (45) played the late Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan in the film The Guarantee and starred in the hit television series Amber.

He was fined €500 yesterday after he was convicted of assaulting Jessie Mulligan at her former home in Grosvenor Square, in Rathmines, south Dublin, in the early hours of October 5, 2013.

The Cork-born actor had denied the charge but was found guilty following a hearing at Dublin District Court.

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Judge Hugh O'Donnell held that photos of scratch marks on Ms Mulligan's neck confirmed her account.

Murray, who lives on the South Circular Road in Dublin, claimed he had a struggle with her to retrieve his phone when she went berserk during a row about text messages to an ex-girlfriend.

The actor plans to appeal the verdict. Ms Mulligan (41) said she thought Murray would kill her when he grabbed by her throat, hit her in the face twice and had his knee on her chest.

She also claimed it was an abusive relationship and Murray manipulated her and had isolated her from her friends and family. She also claimed that she had moved home to get away from him.

She said that at about 10.30pm Murray arrived at her new apartment. He had been meant to come over earlier but had been drinking, she said.

She claimed Murray had been recently evicted and she had let him stay at her new home.

She said he was drunk and wanted something to eat and went to her kitchenette to prepare some food and they had been arguing: "This had been going on for a while and I had just had enough," she said, adding that she did not want him there.

He had a shower and they went to bed together and "we were just messing around".

"He was trying to be with me, I did not want to be with him, eventually he fell asleep. I did not feel comfortable. I got out of the bed and went to the bathroom," she said.

She explained that she had a feeling that something was not right and looked at his phone. She claimed there were text messages containing lies about her and she wanted him out of her apartment.

She woke him up and showed him the messages. Ms Mulligan alleged he came towards her, was really aggressive and she fell back onto a couch.

"He had his knee on my neck and had his hand around my throat, he was strangling me," she claimed.

Ms Mulligan told the court Murray then put his hands up and was looking around and she then had an opportunity to push him off her.

She ran out of the apartment in her pyjamas and saw a delivery man and asked him to call the guards.

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