Dublin man who kicked partner in face and head is jailed

by Gazette Reporter

A man who repeatedly kicked his former partner in the face and head has been jailed for 12 months.

Philip Kernan (48), told Angela Bisset: “You like that, do you; do you want more?” during a sustained attack at her caravan home in Donabate which lasted 45 minutes.

She later told gardai that Kernan kicked her in the face and head around 20 times after they came home from a night out drinking in a local hotel.

He also tried to strangle her with his hands around her throat and only stopped the attack when Ms Bissett pretended to be dead and he left.

She left the caravan and began calling for help and he came back and kicked her again and dragged her back to the caravan.

Ms Bisset lay on a bed and he got into the bed beside her and asked for sex but she said no, the court heard.

Kernan then told her:

“He would finish me off if I got the guards” and forced her to make up a story that somebody else had attacked her so she could call an ambulance.

Kernan, of Moreen Road, Sandyford, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm on September 4, 2016.

Prosecutors told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that Ms Bissett was treated for severe swelling around the eyes and face, a cut lip and a wrist fracture. She received 14 sutures to her face and lip.

In a victim impact statement, Ms Bissett said she still wakes up screaming and with a fear that “he is going to find me and finish me off”.

She said she had nothing left in life to hold on to and that she had difficulties applying lipstick because of scarring to her lip, adding: “It hits me again each time I look in the mirror.”

Kernan’s legal counsel said he had no previous convictions for violent crimes. She said that this was an isolated incident and that he had since stayed away from alcohol.

She said he was a victim of abuse while at school, suffered chronic post-traumatic stress, and was liable to bouts of anger.
Kernan was given a prison sentence of three years, with the final two years suspended.

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