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Thursday 23 November 2017

Jealous thug is jailed for kicking ex unconscious

Robert Maguire arrives at the Central Criminal Court for sentencing
Robert Maguire arrives at the Central Criminal Court for sentencing

A thug who falsely imprisoned his ex-girlfriend and kicked her unconscious because he was suffering from sexual jealousy has been jailed for two years.

The 30-year-old woman woke up in her bed to find Robert Maguire (34) standing over her and spitting on her.

He threatened to kill her before kicking her in the genitals and beating her into unconsciousness as her children screamed at the bedroom door.

Maguire, of Colthurst Gardens, Huntington Glen, Lucan, Dublin, had admitted assault causing harm and false imprisonment at the woman's Dublin home on January 14, 2012.

Defenceless

Mr Justice Paul Butler told the Central Criminal Court it was a violent attack on an entirely defenceless woman in front of her children.

He imposed a four-year sentence on each offence to run concurrently, but suspended the last two years on condition that Maguire keep the peace for that period. He also ordered that Maguire have no contact with the victim for that period.

When the case was heard in March, the woman wept in court as Garda Mairead Scanlon gave details of the attack.

The court head how she was asleep in bed when she received "a bang" to the face and saw Maguire standing over her, spitting and shouting.

He hit her and pushed her back down on the bed when she tried to get up and then kicked her in the side. At this stage the victim's baby, who was in a cot in the room, started crying and her older children were at the bedroom door screaming. The woman then realised Maguire had locked the bedroom door.

He wouldn't let her go to the baby. Instead he picked the baby up from the cot, opened the door and gave her to the oldest son. Maguire locked the door again and told her he was going to kill her "stone dead". He then started kicking her until she went unconscious.

A neighbour called gardai but Maguire had fled by the time they arrived. The woman was taken to Tallaght Hospital but had to return the next day as the wait was too long. She was treated for extensive cuts and bruising. Maguire was later arrested and admitted the assault.

Michael O'Higgins SC, defending, said it was a "ferocious but brief" attack which must have been humiliating for the victim. He said Maguire was offering an "unequivocal apology".

Mr O'Higgins said the motive for the attack was that Maguire had found out the woman was in a new relationship. He said it was a case of "sexual jealousy".

Maguire had been in an on-off relationship with the woman for more than ten years before they broke up for good in late 2011. He is the father of three of her children.

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