Man guilty of sneaking into ex-wife's bedroom for assault

A man has been jailed for three years for sneaking into his estranged wife’s bedroom and threatening to slit her throat before assaulting her.

A man has been jailed for three years for sneaking into his estranged wife’s bedroom and threatening to slit her throat before assaulting her.

John Connors (aged 39) was the subject of a barring order preventing him from going near the woman. The incident came to an end when Connors’ son pleaded with him through the bedroom window to come down.

Connors, of Kilcarrig Green, Tallaght pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to Ms Caroline Connors at Rossfield Drive on June 24, 2009.

Judge Katherine Delahunt noted Connors’ remorse and early guilty plea but said a custodial sentence of three years is “clearly appropriate”. Connors has one previous conviction for a public order offence.

Garda Andrew Gibbons told prosecuting counsel Ms Fiona McGowan BL, that Connors arrived at the house after midnight and went straight upstairs to his wife’s room armed with a knife. Three of their children were in the house at the time including one sleeping in the mother’s bedroom.

He held the knife up to Ms Connors and roared that he was going to “slit her throat”. He then assaulted her with his fists, hitting her above her right eye.

Their son heard the assault and went out to the garden where he shouted up to his father, telling him to come down.

When gardaí arrived they found the victim and her son standing in front of the house while Connors attempted to flee over a wall. He was immediately arrested and Ms Connors was brought to hospital where she received three stitches above her eye.

Gda Gibbons said that Connors has been in custody since the incident. He said the incident was sparked by a disagreement between him and his wife in relation to the parenting of their eldest son. In 2009 Ms Connors took out a barring order preventing her husband from approaching her.

Mr Lorcan Staines BL, defending, said the father-of-seven never actually used the knife on his wife, but had hit her. He submitted that Connors accepts full responsibility for the attack and agreed it was completely out of proportion.

Gda Gibbons said Ms Connors had written in her victim impact report that she suffered from psychological issues since the attack and had severe trouble trying to sleep.

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