Dragged downstairs by the hair

Published 28/07/2015 | 00:00

Drink was linked to the violent behaviour of Daryl Hunt (25) of with addresses at 2 Melrose Court, 26A Ferndale Park and 143 Cluain Dara in Wexford towards his former partner.

Hunt admitted assault causing harm to Nicole Farrell at 12 Ivy Mews, Cromwellsfort Grove in the early hours of May 25 last year.

Ms Farrell was dragged down the stairs of the house by the hair after Hunt kicked in the door.

He was discovered by Garda Barry Brennan standing outside the premises, shirtless and in an agitated state.

The garda learned that Ms Farrell had taken refuge with a neighbour, along with her 18 month old son.

In court on July 20, she confirmed that she had been hauled down the stairs by the hair.

She was left with swollen neck muscles by the experience.

Nicole Farrell told Judge Gerard Haughton that her former partner had smashed windows at the front and side of the house the same night.

She told how she had lost her tenancy at Ivy Mews and that her €650 deposit went to pay for the damage caused.

She also spoke of how she grabbed her young son and ran to neighbours after her father came to the rescue.

Defending solicitor Ed King accepted that the behaviour of his client was outrageous, offering an apology for what occurred.

Mr King stated that Hunt had begun to attend AA meetings and suggested that the defendant was capable of turning his life around.

The judge responded that he could not immediately see any way of dealing with the case other than by imposing a prison sentence.

However, he agreed to order a probation report to examine if there was an alternative, adjourning to September 21.

'This was an outrageous assault,' commented Judge Haughton.

Wexford People

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