Amber actor David Murray drops appeal against conviction for partner attack
ACTOR David Murray has withdrawn his appeal against conviction for attacking his former partner who accused him of hitting and strangling her during a domestic row.
Murray (45), who played the late Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan in the film The Guarantee, also starred in the hit TV series Amber and had a part in Hollywood blockbuster Batman Begins.
Last March 6, he was spared a six-month sentence but was fined €500 after being convicted of assaulting Jessie Mulligan (41) at her former home, a studio apartment, in Grosvenor Square, Rathmines, in the early hours of October 5, 2013.
The Cork-born actor had denied the charge but was found guilty following a trial at Dublin District Court.
Immediately after the trial, he indicated he would challenge the verdict and his appeal had been set down for hearing yesterday at the Circuit Court and expected to last 40 minutes.
However, when it was called, defence solicitor Michael Kelleher told Judge Terence O'Sullivan that the appeal was being withdrawn and he said the prosecution had been notified in advance. Murray, who lives on the South Circular Road in Dublin, was not present.
The judge affirmed the original district court order, meaning the conviction stands.
During the original trial in March, 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 alleged it was an abusive relationship and Murray manipulated her and had isolated her from her friends and family. She also claimed she had moved home to get away from him.
She said that at about 10.30pm Murray arrived at her new apartment and he had been drinking.
She claimed he had been recently evicted from his apartment and had nowhere to stay.
She had let him stay at her new home and he also brought his pet dog, but she claimed she did not want him there.
He had a shower and they went to bed together and "we were just messing around".
She said she had a feeling something was not right and looked at Murray's phone. She claimed there were text messages containing lies about her and she wanted him out of her apartment.
She said she woke him up and showed him the messages and claimed he told her she was paranoid and that he asked her to show him the messages.
Ms Mulligan alleged that Murray came towards her, was aggressive and she fell back on to a couch.
"He had his knee on my neck and had his hand around my throat, he was strangling me," she had said in evidence.
Ms Mulligan said she threw his phone on the floor before he went at her.
She said he hit her twice on the sides of her head and was shouting that she had ruined a friendship he had with another person.
Ms Mulligan had told the trial that she managed to push him off her and ran out of the apartment in her pyjamas.
She had also said she went to hospital and had to wear a neck brace. She agreed she said in her statement that she thought father-of-two Murray was going to kill her.
Gda Andrew Dunne had told the trial he found Ms Mulligan standing in the garden of a house in her pyjamas and she was crying.
He took photos of scratch marks to her chest and upper neck which were furnished to the court.
"I have never hit a woman in my life and never will," Murray told the trial.
He said he struggled with Ms Mulligan for three or four seconds for the phone and that must have caused the scrape.