Man to appeal 8-year term for serious assault on wife

A man given eight years for seriously assaulting his wife, who refused to give evidence against him at trial, is to appeal his conviction in July.

Anthony Kelleher, aged 42, with a last address at Raleigh North, Macroom, Co Cork, had pleaded not guilty to assault causing serious harm to his wife Siobhán at their home on June 12, 2014.

He was unanimously found guilty by a jury at Cork Circuit Criminal Court and jailed for eight years by Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin in May.

Kelleher had sought bail in the Court of Appeal yesterday pending an appeal.

However, State solicitor, Patrick Geraghty, told the three-judge court his side had not received any paperwork grounding reasons why Kelleher should be given bail.

Mr Justice George Birmingham said the court could not force Kelleher’s bail application to go ahead if the State could not respond.

He said the threshold required for bail would be difficult to meet but date is available on July 29.

Mr Justice Birmingham, who sat with Mr Justice Alan Mahon and Mr Justice John Edwards, directed that the preparation of trial transcripts be expedited and listed the matter for mention on June 24.

Ms Kelleher had not given evidence during her husband’s trial in February, but statements she had previously made to gardaí were admitted into evidence by the judge under a legal procedure known as section 16.

Counsel for Kelleher, Tom Creed, said the bulk of the appeal was based on section 16 statements and the judge’s directions to the jury on those statements. The lack of engagement with persons whose statements were going in was quite extraordinary, Mr Creed claimed without stating his case. There were refusals to answer questions and the judge did not give assistance, he added.

Submissions for Kelleher’s appeal are due to be filed in two weeks and the State will have two weeks to respond thereafter.


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