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Monday 11 December 2017

Man beat up his fiancee after she refused him sex

A MAN has been jailed for viciously attacking his fiancee after she refused to have sex with him for a second time on the same night.

Dessie Farrell (45) admitted assaulting Anne Loran at their home in Farran Ash Road, Mullingar on July 21, 2013.

The couple had been due to get married just eight weeks after the assault, Mullingar Circuit Court, sitting in Tullamore, heard.

They had been drinking and came home together at 9.30pm.

They had sex in the kitchen, after which Ms Loran went to bed.

But Farrell woke her up and wanted sex again. When she declined, he punched her in the face, head and ribs. He also took her phone from her.

Ms Loran ran from the house to her brother's home nearby and an ambulance was called.

She was taken to hospital where it was discovered that her nose was broken and three of her teeth had been knocked out.

She underwent surgery on her nose but the operation was not successful and she is now facing further surgery to repair the damage.

Ms Loran told the court that she did not trust easily after the assault and she was on medication to help her sleep. "He left me broken," she said. The pair have since split up.

Farrell's counsel told the court his client was "deeply ashamed and remorseful".

Passing sentence yesterday, Judge Keenan Johnson said he had been advised that the relationship was volatile and that gardai had been called to the couple's home several times before the assault.

While he had been told that, on occasion, Farrell had himself called the gardai, by no stretch of the imagination could it justify his actions on the night.

suspended

"I am absolutely satisfied that, on the night in question, Ms Loran was subjected to a completely unlawful and unjustified assault by Mr Farrell", the judge said.

He imposed a three-year prison sentence, but suspended the final year.

The judge ordered that €1,200, which had been offered by Farrell as a gesture of his remorse to Ms Loran - and rejected by her - be paid over to the Women's Aid charity.

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