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Thursday 26 April 2018

Criminal and pregnant partner's 'lies' slammed

AN alcoholic criminal who brought his pregnant partner to court "to lie for him" in an assault case, on her baby's due date, has been jailed for five months.

Michael Murray (27) was sentenced after a judge found him guilty of an assault on a shop worker. The judge refused to let him stay out of prison for the birth of his seventh child.

He had punched and bitten the victim in an "outrageous" attack when he was too drunk to be sold alcohol.

During the trial at Dublin District Court, his partner June Smart gave evidence in support of his not guilty plea.

Convicting him, Judge Ann Watkin said both had "lied through their teeth" and that Ms Smart's evidence had amounted to perjury.

Murray, a repeat offender with 96 previous convictions and an address at Orchid House, James's Street, Dublin 8, had denied assault and using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour to cause a breach of the peace.

The court heard the incident happened at Fresh supermarket, Smithfield, on July 28 last.

He went to the shop to buy alcohol and when he was refused he went outside, where he became verbally abusive to the security man, who tried to calm him.

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He called the victim "names", repeatedly punched him and bit him, leaving marks on his chest.

In evidence, Ms Smart said that she needed to use the toilet, but was refused by staff.

She bought alcohol in the shop after Murray was refused service.

He was drunk, "but not drunk drunk", she said.

Judge Watkin said not everybody with a drink problem assaulted people and the accused was "obviously a disgrace".

aphelan@herald.ie

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