A woman who was choked, beaten, and slashed with a knife by her partner grew so fearful of his escalating abuse she slept with a hammer under her pillow.
Martin Mulqueen (53), originally from Ballynote, Kilrush, Co Clare, but with an address in Bawn Street, Strokestown, Co Roscommon, is the third person to be jailed for coercive control in Ireland.
Mulqueen pleaded guilty to three sample charges, including coercive control, assault, and assault causing harm on dates between March and October 2019.
Mulqueen initially faced nine charges relating to the abuse of his partner, including a threat to kill. Following negotiations between his defence team, led by solicitor Colum Doherty, and the DPP, Mulqueen pleaded guilty on the third day of his trial in December 2020, sparing his victim the ordeal of giving evidence.
The remainder of the charges were accepted on a full facts basis.
Prosecution counsel Cathal O
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