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Violent thug will give birth behind bars after 'face bite' conviction

Crime DeskBy Lynne Kelleher
Tiffany Lonergan
Tiffany Lonergan

One of Kerry’s most violent female criminals, Tiffany Lonergan, will be the latest expectant mother to go through her pregnancy behind bars when she starts her jail sentence next month.

The 24-year-old from Tralee, who is due to give birth at the end of the year, will be allowed to keep her second child with her for the first year of the baby’s life.

The violent criminal, who already has a four-year-old son, is set to serve an 18-month sentence for viciously biting a teenage girl on the face in 2014.

During the assault, the court heard that she punched, bit and tried to choke an 18-year-old girl on a night out because she believed she “looked at her boyfriend”.

In the victim impact statement heard at Tralee Circuit Court, the woman said that every time she looks in the mirror she feels disgusted because she’s left with teeth marks on her face.

Lonergan, from 12 Caherina Cottages, Tralee, has a history of vicious assaults on other women over the past six years.

When she was pregnant with her first child, Lonergan pleaded guilty in court to assaulting off-duty soldier Bernadette Flynn.

The court heard that at around 12.30am on January 1, 2010, Bernadette was walking along Bridge Street in Tralee with her fiancé when she was set upon by Lonergan. 

In the course of the unprovoked assault it was reported that Lonergan tore out large clumps of Flynn’s hair.

It has also been reported that another one of her victims had her arm broken during an unprovoked attack by Lonergan and was so traumatised she left Tralee town.

The Kerry mother had a deeply troubled childhood with her father, Michael ‘Drip’ Lonergan, murdered at a New Year’s Eve party in the family home when she was 14. Her uncle, Ailbe Lonergan, was convicted of causing his death.  

The Kerry criminal is the latest female prisoner to go behind bars while carrying a child.

Scissor Sister Charlotte Mulhall gave birth during her sentence for the murder of her mother’s boyfriend in March 2005.

She was jailed with her sister Linda in 2006 for the gruesome killing of their mother’s partner, 38-year-old Kenyan man Farah Swaleh Noor. After stabbing him as many as 20 times they butchered his body and dumped it in the Royal Canal.

His head was never recovered, after they transported it on a bus and hid it in a park in Tallaght.

Convicted killer Una Black also went into prison while heavily pregnant in August 2008, after getting a nine-year jail sentence for killing her neighbour John Malone.

Black killed him outside their flats in Mervue, Galway, in 2006 with a single stab wound to the chest after a row over a puppy.

Pregnant prisoners usually go to the Rotunda for the birth of their children accompanied by guards and they return to the Dochas Centre where there are nurses and a qualified midwife.

The prisoners and their small babies live in a house-type setting on prison grounds with their children for the first year of their lives.