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Monday 18 December 2017

Man who stabbed mum in face with keys as she held baby loses appeal

A MAN jailed for stabbing a young mum in the face with a set of keys in a horrific attack outside a Dart station has failed to have his conviction overturned.

A court has refused to grant Gary Hanley leave to appeal his conviction for assaulting and threatening to kill the victim while she was carrying her baby.

The Court of Criminal Appeal dismissed all Hanley's grounds for appeal and refused leave to appeal his conviction.



Threatening

Hanley (21), of North Great Clarence Street, was jailed for four years at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in May 2009 after he was convicted of assaulting the woman causing her harm and for threatening to kill or cause her serious injury at Clontarf in Dublin on March 15, 2007.

The victim of the attack required 20 stitches to her face and has two permanent scars. Hanley was found guilty by a majority verdict.

His legal representatives had argued that a "smoke break" taken by a number of jury members during their deliberations in the trial raised concerns about the safety of his conviction.

But Mr Justice Nial Fennelly said: "The court cannot find any material irregularity. Nor can the court conclude that any smoking break had the effect that the minimum two-hour period had not elapsed before the permission was given to bring in a majority verdict".

The court had heard how the victim was outside Clontarf Dart Station when Hanley jumped out of a car and came towards her with the keys. He pulled her to the ground by the hair and stabbed her several times above her left eye and below her left ear. While doing this, he called her a "bitch" and said: "next time you will get it in the heart".

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