Bodybuilding steroids mixed with alcohol triggered a formerly successful young hurler to launch a violent attack on his girlfriend when he kidnapped and terrified her at his home.
Shane Green, aged 22, of the Bungalow, Kilcully, Co Cork, was jailed for five years, with the last two years suspended, for kidnapping Amy Deedy on January 24 and assault causing harm to her in the course of an ordeal that lasted hours. The sentence also covered his assault on another woman who tried to assist the victim.
Garda Brian Murphy said Green and Ms Deedy had been out together on the night of January 24 but, after an argument, had gone back to his home separately.
At one stage, he caught her by the throat and squeezed so hard she could not breathe. He fractured her jaw.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said Green pulverised the woman, who is in her mid-20s.
Barrister Ray Boland said the accused was out of control on bodybuilding steroids and alcohol. Mr Boland said Green was previously thrown off his hurling team for taking drugs.
Judge Ó Donnabháin said Green had poured copious amounts of drink down on whatever steroids he had taken to add fuel to the fire and then explode in violence. Nothing could justify his behaviour, the judge said.
Green apologised to the victims. “I know it is horrendous what I am after doing. I was not in a right frame of mind. I was caught up in addiction. I just want to get on with my life.”
Judge Ó Donnabháin said: “If he is to change he will have to be a lot more honest with himself.”
Amy Deedy said in her victim impact statement: “I was left with a fractured cheekbone. The bruising on my face was so horrific I couldn’t even make simple trips to the shop.
“I missed out on lots of college. It was hard on my family, especially my dad and brother, to see me beaten to a pulp and feel so helpless. I have gone to friends’ houses but if there are a few people there that I don’t know, I find myself getting worried, afraid, and leaving the house...
“This attack has really opened my eyes to how dangerous people in this world really are, that some people have no boundaries, no limits, and are capable of anything, even when unprovoked.
“I would have never thought at 24 years old I would have been almost strangled to death. Nor did I ever think for a period of time I would be unrecognisable to my friends over the condition of my face.
“The attack was the most terrifying experience I have ever had, to be held captive in a house, jump out a window the first chance I had, start running, only to be caught and dragged back.
“I thought I would never see my family again. After being knocked out, luckily I woke in the morning first. All I keep thinking is, what if I didn’t wake first, would I have ever gotten away?”
Ms Deedy challenged the idea that it was due to steroids and alcohol that Green attacked her. She said that in the days afterwards, he threatened to go to her house and “finish her off”.
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