Man who beat his girlfriend in jealous rage avoids jail term
A man who launched a vicious and sustained assault on his girlfriend which included banging her head off the floor and walls and kicking her has been given a suspended sentence.
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Karl Sutton (33) accused Tiffany Curtis of cheating on him before he began beating her while their infant son slept in his Moses basket in the next room.
Sutton, of Crumlin Park, Crumlin, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Ms Curtis at their flat in Rialto on August 16, 2003.
He moved to England after the attack, but met with gardai by appointment to be charged in 2015 when he returned to Ireland.
Gda Robert Duffy agreed with Olan Callanan, defending, that the couple had a "turbulent relationship".
Counsel told the court that the couple's relationship continued after the assault and they had two further children together.
Their baby daughter - their middle child - died in 2010. They are no longer together.
Ms Curtis wrote a letter for the court, saying Sutton was "a very good father and she doesn't want to see him going to prison".
Judge Melanie Greally noted that there had been "quite an extreme level of violence" during the assault which had happened in the context of an intimate relationship.
She noted that reports before the court indicated an ongoing need for Sutton to address his residual risk factors and that Sutton was prepared to comply with the Probation Service regime.
She would set a headline sentence reflecting the level of violence.
Judge Greally took into acc-ount the length of time since the offence, the lack of convictions before or since, as well as the level of Sutton's remorse, giving him credit for his guilty plea and co-operation.
She noted in particular the time and commitment Sutton put into his children's care and the benefits they had derived.
Judge Greally imposed a four-year sentence which she suspended entirely on strict conditions, including he undergo a two-year period of probation supervision and participate in an intervention programme for perpetrators of intimate violence.