Domestic violence victim appeals to judge not to jail partner

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In sentencing Judge Sean O’Donnabhain said a closed head injury such as this was “notoriously dangerous”
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Olivia Kelleher

A young woman who ended up in hospital with a brain bleed after being assaulted by her partner has appealed to a judge not to jail him amid claims that he is a changed man.

Cork Circuit Criminal Court heard that Chelsea Hurley was in a bar with her friends in the city on August 11th, 2019 when her 31-year-old partner Jason Ring arrived.

She went back to Mr Ring’s father’s home where Jason assaulted her.

Prolonged assault

Detective Sergeant Kieran O’Sullivan said Mr Ring threw a lamp and a radio at Ms Hurley and used a scart lead to attack her. He punched her on the head and body in a prolonged assault.

She managed to flee the scene and went to a neighbours house from where the alarm was raised.

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She was taken to Cork University Hospital where a scan indicated she had sustained a brain bleed.

The couple had broken up. However, they subsequently reconciled.

Ms Hurley did not want the case to proceed or to give a victim impact statement.

Mr Ring, who is from Farranree in Cork City, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Ms Hurley on August 11th, 2019 at Liam Healy Road, Farranree.

Brain bleed

In sentencing Judge Sean O’Donnabhain said a closed head injury such as this 4mm brain bleed was “notoriously dangerous.”

Ms Hurley said her relationship with Ring was now in a good place.

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“It was 16 months since it happened and that was the end of it", adding she would not like to see him receive a custodial sentence.

She pleaded with Judge O’Donnabhain “to give him a chance.”

The Judge said that it was a worrying incident. “This was a very nasty assault on the night.”

He sentenced Ring to nine months in prison.

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