Ex-garda and another man jailed over 'cruel' assaults

28/06/2022 22:43:00

A former garda and another man have been jailed for drug and alcohol-fuelled assaults on two women. Judge Martin Nolan said the men's behaviour was cruel beyond extreme, reprehensible and shameful

A former garda and another man have been jailed for drug and alcohol-fuelled assaults on two women. Judge Martin Nolan said the men's behaviour was cruel beyond extreme, reprehensible and shameful

A former garda and another man have been jailed for drug and alcohol-fuelled assaults on two women, which culminated in one woman being bundled into a van and told she would be driven to the mountains and buried.

Cooper threatened the woman and then told her:"I used to be garda, I know how to do this" and"if you weren't a thief, I wouldn't have to do this".After forcing the crying woman to strip, Cooper then assaulted her and repeatedly told her to shut up.

This assault took place at a house in Naas, Co Kildare at the tail end of a four-day drink and drug binge that had begun in a hotel elsewhere in the county.The victim of this first assault was in a state of shock and left, the court heard. Cooper, his accomplice Stephen McGrath, 37, and a second woman then moved to a house in Ashfield, Kilteel Road, Rathcoole, Co Dublin.

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Cooper threatened the woman and then told her:"I used to be garda, I know how to do this" and"if you weren't a thief, I wouldn't have to do this". After forcing the crying woman to strip, Cooper then assaulted her and repeatedly told her to shut up. Advertisement Not guilty pleas to all the charges were entered by an attorney for Alexander, who did not attend and remains imprisoned. This assault took place at a house in Naas, Co Kildare at the tail end of a four-day drink and drug binge that had begun in a hotel elsewhere in the county. He said that the second victim must have believed she was going to die and that she was struggling for her very life. The victim of this first assault was in a state of shock and left, the court heard. Alexander, a childhood friend of Spears to whom she was married for less than three days in 2004, appeared uninvited at the house before the ceremony, livestreaming his raid on Instagram. Cooper, his accomplice Stephen McGrath, 37, and a second woman then moved to a house in Ashfield, Kilteel Road, Rathcoole, Co Dublin. In Republican-led Texas, where a ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy went into effect last year, a judge in Harris County will hear arguments tomorrow on whether to block officials from enforcing pre-Roe v Wade abortion prohibitions.

When the two men began accusing this woman of stealing cocaine from them, McGrath began a prolonged and vicious assault, kicking and punching the woman repeatedly and tearing clumps of her hair out. #Open journalism No news is bad news Support The Journal Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you Support us now The ex-guard said Alexander had also tried to enter the property in the days before the wedding. He also pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to the second woman at Rathcoole, making a threat to kill her and to production of an article capable of inflicting harm. Both men told her at one point that they were going to bring her up the mountains and bury her. They then tried to lift her into the back of a van but she began screaming and kicking out and they stopped and instead put her in the footwell of the front seat.. McGrath drove off with the woman as she begged him to let her live and told him she had a child. McGrath's four previous convictions are for possession of drugs, dangerous driving and drunk driving and Garda Rob Whitty agreed with Patrick McGrath SC, defending, that these were minor by comparison with the offences before the court. She later told gardaí that"every time she opened her mouth, he punched her"." His Republican counterparts in Kentucky and Mississippi, Daniel Cameron and Lynn Fynch, did not respond to requests for comment, nor did Mr Paxton.

At their sentence hearing at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Martin Nolan said that the men's behaviour was cruel beyond extreme, reprehensible and shameful. "To say they ill-used these women would be a gross understatement. Cooper was jailed in 2014 for perverting the course of justice and drug dealing after he allowed a friend to take the blame when gardai found the drug LSD during a search at the Electric Picnic music festival. They terrified them, they threatened they, they assaulted them," he said. He said that the second victim must have believed she was going to die and that she was struggling for her very life. "She must have been absolutely terrified of what was her future," he said. He said his client accepts what happened to these women should not have happened and that this is backed up by the guilty pleas.

Cooper, of Kingswood Heights, Tallaght, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm of the first woman at a place in Naas. He also pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to the second woman at Rathcoole, making a threat to kill her and to production of an article capable of inflicting harm. McGrath, of Ashfield, Kilteel Road, Rathcoole pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to the second woman and production of a weapon at Ashfield. Judge Nolan said he was taking into consideration the fact that both men had entered guilty pleas which were practical indications of their remorse and shame and saved the victims the trauma of coming to court. He also admitted sexually assaulting her and assault causing harm to her at locations in Tallaght, Co Dublin. McGrath's four previous convictions are for possession of drugs, dangerous driving and drunk driving and Garda Rob Whitty agreed with Patrick McGrath SC, defending, that these were minor by comparison with the offences before the court.

He agreed that this incident was out of character. He said both men came from good families and have brought great shame to their families. Garda Whitty accepted that McGrath is genuinely remorseful and apologetic. Cooper was jailed in 2014 for perverting the course of justice and drug dealing after he allowed a friend to take the blame when gardaí found the drug LSD during a search at the Electric Picnic music festival. Maurice Coffey SC, defending, said that Cooper came from a respectable family but that a once promising life was ruined by poor choices, particularly around drug use. He said that McGrath's level of culpability was greater because of his treatment of the second woman in the vehicle. He said both men were seriously out of control on the night.

He said his client accepts what happened to these women should not have happened and that this is backed up by the guilty pleas. Mr Coffey said that after serving time for the earlier offences Cooper got his life together, married and set up a business. Today's Headlines. He said his marriage broke down and his business was hit by Covid and Cooper fell back into drug use and his life spiralled out of control. Judge Nolan said he was taking into consideration the fact that both men had entered guilty pleas which were practical indications of their remorse and shame and saved the victims the trauma of coming to court. He said that both men had otherwise contributed to society and he said he had no doubt both men could be reformed or rehabilitated.

"I doubt either man would come before this court again for anything remotely as serious," he said. He said both men came from good families and have brought great shame to their families. He described Cooper's assault of the first woman as humiliating and terrifying. He imposed a three-year prison sentence for this assault and another three-year prison term for the threats against the second woman, to run consecutively. He said that McGrath's level of culpability was greater because of his treatment of the second woman in the vehicle.

He said McGrath's behaviour was gross and cruel. .