Judge John O’Hagan

A man who beat a woman so badly he left the print of his shoe on her body had his two-year prison term substituted to 240 hours’ community service.
Eamon Harkin beat up then-girlfriend Danielle Kerrigan for more than 90 minutes on St Valentine’s Night two years ago. He only stopped his attack to get a drink of water.
…Judge John O’Hagan said there was “simply no excuse for assaulting a defenceless woman”.
He said drink was no excuse but he was impressed by the fact Harkin had no previous convictions and had not got into any trouble since.
…Judge O’Hagan said if Harkin had not pleaded guilty but been found guilty by a jury, he would have been jailed for between two and three years.

 

Community Service For Man Who Beat Partner (Stephen Maguire and Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner)