A man who viciously attacked his former partner and mother of his two children, because he wanted to see his sons, has been jailed for two years.
Derek McCann, aged 33, of Walkinstown Park, Walkinstown, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting Natasha Kane causing her harm, at her flat in Dolphin’s House on Nov 23, 2012. Their two boys, aged 5 and 3, were asleep in the flat at the time.
The court heard that Ms Kane received a call from McCann that night asking to be let into the flat. She immediately called 999 as she anticipated there was going to be trouble. McCann then forced the door in and attacked her.
McCann later told gardaí he had eight to ten cans of beer and admitted kicking the woman while she was on the ground. He told gardaí: “I just wanted to see my kids.”
He said they had been “at war” over his access to the children and that when he called to the flat that night he had “a funny feeling” there was somebody in there with Ms Kane.
Judge Patrick McCartan had jailed McCann last March for two years after he heard he had carried out a number of drug-fuelled robberies and thefts in Jul and Sept 2012. McCann had told gardaí he carried out the raids to get money to buy his children a swing set.
The court heard at the hearing that McCann is a heroin addict who has been on a methadone programme. The judge said he will continue to be a threat to the community until he tackles his drug addiction.
Judge McCartan said there were “many disturbing aspects” to the assault on Ms Kane and said McCann is “someone with a considerable degree of violence in his character”.
He accepted that he was sorry for what he had done and wished him good luck in dealing with his heroin addiction while in prison.
Vincent Heneghan, defending, said his client had “rose-tinted glasses” on and was hoping to re-establish a relationship with his sons after he was released from prison.
He said the offence was “borne out of rage and jealousy” when McCann learned that Ms Kane had started a new relationship.
Garda Niall Kinsella told Ronan Kennedy, prosecuting, Ms Kane was left sore and bruised after the attack.
A victim impact report said she was terrified to stay in the flat and moved with her children to Wexford.