July 23, 2024

A person exploded right into a match of rage and attacked his girlfriend after she requested him if he wish to have extra youngsters on the day of their daughter’s christening.

Joseph Gallagher head-butted the girl earlier than kicking her after which pulling her hair simply hours after the church ceremony in Co Donegal.

The 35-year-old appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Courtroom the place he pleaded responsible to Part 3 Assault Inflicting Hurt on August fifteenth, 2021.

The couple had been in a bar at Assembly Home Avenue in Stranorlar with associates when the incident occurred.

Garda Sergeant Maurice Doyle stated a dialog got here up concerning the couple having extra youngsters and Gallagher accused his girlfriend of “bullying” him into making a call.

The girl replied that if that was the case then perhaps they shouldn’t be collectively.

The accused man exploded and head-butted his girlfriend earlier than kicking her after which pulling her hair.

She ran again into the pub and was bleeding and a good friend’s husband requested what had occurred to her and he or she was taken away.

Gallagher, with an deal with at Ardnawark, Barnesmore, was arrested on September seventh however claimed he was very drunk however he knew one thing had occurred.

He stated all he remembered was that they have been arguing along side the pub and that the girl’s nostril was bleeding and he then bought a taxi.

Sergeant Doyle stated there have been no admissions to the assault however when it was outlined to Gallagher he stated it was “disgraceful” however that he couldn’t even keep in mind what they have been arguing about.

The court docket was instructed that the sufferer was given the chance to supply a sufferer affect assertion to the court docket however she declined.

Barrister for the accused, Mr Damien Crawford, stated the couple are again residing collectively once more having break up up.

He stated he’s at present present process a therapy programme and appears to be complying with it.

Mr Crawford stated his shopper had attended an dependancy course at Cuan Mhuire in Galway and was additionally on an outreach programme at WhiteOaks in Donegal.

He had engaged extensively with the Probation Providers because the incident they usually had positioned him at a reasonable threat of reoffending within the subsequent 12 months.

Mr Crawford stated TUSLA has additionally change into concerned within the case and had devised a security plan which is being noticed and is working including the couple have been residing collectively once more for the previous ten months.

He stated his shopper had no recollection of the occasions within the night time however understands that it’s unacceptable and is present process counselling with the related companies for his alcohol restoration.

The court docket was instructed that Gallagher suffers from despair and cited the lack of his mom when he was simply three years outdated in tragic circumstances as being a significant factor in his life.

Regardless of this, Mr Crawford stated the accused has expressed a deep regret for what he did and has taken steps to rebuild his life however that his household have been nonetheless ashamed and outraged by his actions.

Mr Crawford stated he was asking the court docket to see that the accused does have decisions and help and {that a} custodial sentence will not be required.

Decide John Aylmer stated the reviews on Gallagher have been prolonged an adjourned the case to evaluation the reviews earlier than remaining sentencing.

Man head-butted associate after christening after she requested if he wished extra youngsters was final modified: November 2nd, 2023 by Employees Author