A YOUNG woman was pulled by the hair and punched in the face by her ex-boyfriend who also stamped on her face but when she was cross-examined in court about why she went back with him afterwards she wept and said it was because she loved him.
At that stage in the case, defence solicitor Frank Buttimer asked for a brief adjournment to discuss matters with the accused who had denied assault causing harm to her and breaching a domestic order.
The parties returned to court shortly afterward and the 26-year-old man pleaded guilty to the assault charge.
The charge of breaching the domestic order was withdrawn.
The young woman said she went out on the night in question to a house party and she left with the defendant. She returned to the house a moment later because she hadd forgotten her cigarettes.
She said he assaulted her when she came out of the house.
“He caught me by the top of the head and pulled me around, repeatedly punching me and stepping on my head. I suffered a broken eardrum. He made me go back home and go to bed. His mother put ice on my face because it was swollen.
“I felt like I was going to die when I was on the floor,” she testified.
Cross-examining, solicitor Frank Buttimer asked her why went back with him if she was in such fear of him.
“I loved him, that’s why I went back to him,” she said through tears at Cork District Court.
When the defendant changed his plea to one of guilty, Judge Olann Kelleher said it was a serious matter, adding, “He pulled her by the hair and kicked her in the head.” Mr Buttimer said the injured party co-habited with the defendant for a period even after this incident.
He said both parties had a substantial amount of alcohol taken on the night.
“Regrettably, they had an argument. The physical element was my client’s responsibility.
“He is not coming to the attention of the guards since. He has taken a manful and proper approach from that day onwards,” the solicitor said.
Judge Kelleher said it must have been a very traumatic experience for the injured party.
He said the defendant had shown remorse through his solicitor.
The judge imposed a sentence of five months, suspended on condition that the defendant would keep the peace for the next two years.
The case was dealt with at an in-camera hearing of Cork District Court because of the allegation of a breach of an order under the Domestic Violence Act and the parties cannot be identified.