Living in fear of ex-husband

Published 22/01/2016 | 00:00

Wexford Courthouse in Ardcavan.
Wexford Courthouse in Ardcavan.

A victim of domestic abuse told how she lived her life in continuous fear despite separating from her estranged husband.

Roisin Kelly was giving evidence in the case of 47-year-old Thomas Hunt of 26A Ferndale Park Wexford to the District Court.

The court learned that Hunt grabbed Ms Kelly, the father of three of his children, by the arm and neck after she told him that their relationship was over in November of 2014.

He then defied a barring order in July of last year when he bombarded her with text messages, apparently because he believed she was seeing someone else.

The injured party said she had changed her whole routine because she lived in fear of Hunt.

She told how she drove with the car doors locked and did not open the door of her house.

Defending solicitor Eric Furlong accepted that his client took the break-up of the marriage very badly.

He also pointed to the defendant's health problems with rheumatism and depression.

'Things have calmed down to a large extent,' suggested Mr Furlong.

Sentences were recorded for assault (five months) and breach of the barring order (nine months), both terms suspended.

Hunt was bound to the peace for two years and told not to make any contact with Ms Kelly, except through his son Aaron or a solicitor.

Wexford People

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