Thursday 17 January 2019

Jilted lover tailgated ex before throwing milkshake over car

John Kavanagh at Ennis Court
John Kavanagh at Ennis Court

A jilted lover told his ex in a WhatsApp message: "You destroyed my life and now I am going to do the same to you."

One month later - in June last year - John Kavanagh (27) pursued her car along a motorway in an intimidating manner before pulling up alongside at a roundabout and throwing the contents of a milkshake all over her car door.

Kavanagh, of Moy, Kinvara, Co Galway, also sent the victim's brother a Snapchat message of a photo of his ex and her new boyfriend, stating: "She is going to pay big time."

Kavanagh pleaded guilty to harassing his former partner over a six-month period between March and September last year, and sending her offensive messages by phone on dates between March and July.

He also admitted assaulting her new partner "with a severe box that drew blood" at the Queens Hotel nightclub in Ennis, Co Clare, on October 31.

Judge Patrick Durcan described Kavanagh's actions against his ex as "reprehensible".

The judge ordered that she should not be named.

"This has been a terrible case with terrible facts outlined. An excess of love can be the most damaging thing that can affect people and, in this case, Kavanagh's excess of love has been very damaging and ended in the realm of severe criminality," said Judge Durcan.

Kavanagh has already spent five nights in Limerick prison after breaching his bail terms by making contact with his ex-girlfriend through Instagram.

Judge Durcan yesterday remanded Kavanagh on bail until April 5 with the warning: "If there is another breach, you will go to jail. This is not a creche."

Judge Durcan granted Kavanagh bail after he agreed to the directions of his consultant psychiatrist, Dr Moosajee Bhamjee.

Angela Dempsey, for Kavanagh, said her client was in a bad place mentally last year. She said he has never been in court before.

Judge Durcan said that he has great sympathy for Kavanagh, adding he is a fine young man with much potential and comes from a loving family.

Outlining Kavanagh's intimidating driving, Garda Micheal O'Gorman said, as the victim made her way back from Cork, Mr Kavanagh tailgated her on the Limerick-Ennis motorway.


Gda O'Gorman said the woman was travelling at 120kmh and Kavanagh veered right as if he was going to overtake her on the grass margin.

She pulled off the motorway into Ennis and Kavanagh eventually pulled up alongside her at a roundabout.

"Mr Kavanagh pulled up beside her and fired a carton of liquid like a milkshake at her, splashing it all over the driver's door," said Gda O'Gorman.

He said that, more than a month previously, on May 6, Kavanagh met his ex, who was with her new boyfriend, at the prom in Lahinch.

Kavanagh said to them, "What's going on here? What are ye not telling me? Why are ye lying to me?". He then "blocked their path and came into their faces in a threatening way".

Kavanagh pursued them to her boyfriend's car, and started punching the car with his fist and took a picture of them.

Gda O'Gorman said Kavanagh blocked his ex from entering the car and, after she got in, he opened the door and said "I will be f***ing coming to get you" before slamming the door shut.

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