Woman claimed crash driver’s partner assaulted her

A woman who was injured in a serious car accident testified yesterday that when the motorist was jailed for six months, the driver’s partner called to her home and assaulted her.

However, Darren Moynihan, aged 42, of Ronin’s Hill, Ballincollie Rd, Cork, was found not guilty of assaulting Grace Murray at her home at Bramble Cottages, Old Spangle Hill, Farranree, Cork, but he was convicted of engaging in threatening behaviour on the occasion.

Ms Murray said the background was that she was seriously injured in 2013 in a car accident and Moynihan’s partner was jailed for six months as a result.

“His girlfriend was after getting six months but I didn’t give her six months. He came to my door very angry. I died twice. He came down to my door knowing what I went through. He came down and bate me. I didn’t send his girlfriend to prison,” Ms Murray said.

Frank Buttimer, defence solicitor, said Mr Moynihan was being harassed, not by Ms Murray but by members of her family and he was hoping she could do something about that. “He came in a spirit of good will,” Mr Buttimer said.

Ms Murray said: “He came like a lunatic. He pushed me in the door, that is some spirit of good will. He pushed me on the left shoulder, I hit my hip against the table in the hall, I put my right hand back, I bashed my skull off the stairs.”

Her daughter Erica Murray said the door was open a little when the defendant arrived. “The door blew open, my mother was blown on to the floor,” she said.

Mr Moynihan said he called to the house to talk to Ms Murray about others harassing him. He said he was angry but calm and did not get near the house because Erica Murray stopped him. He denied assaulting Grace Murray and that she held up a mop or a brush to him. She denied any such thing.

Dismissing the assault charge the judge convicted Mr Moynihan of engaging in threatening behaviour and ordered him to do 200 hours community service.

A brother of Grace Murray, John Murray, aged 41, of 6 Killeens Green, Farranree, Cork, pleaded guilty to engaging in threatening behaviour after he was called to the scene.

Finian Dullea, solicitor, said the intervention of Mr Murray was purely verbal and he had responded to a call to the area to assist his sister who was in difficulty. He was fined €250.


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