"Woman who glassed me should be in jail, I nearly lost eye" - victim
A WOMAN who was glassed in a nightclub by the former partner of murderer John Dundon has criticised the suspended sentence handed down to her attacker.
Mother-of-five Mary McCarthy was speaking after Ciara Killeen (32) walked free from Ennis Circuit Court after receiving a two-and-a-half year suspended sentence.
In the attack during a Halloween fancy dress party at the Queens nightclub in Ennis, Co Clare, on November 1, 2015, mother-of-two Killeen, who was wearing a sailor’s hat, glassed Ms McCarthy in the face.
She needed 23 stitches to her wounds. Imposing the suspended jail term, Judge Gerald Keys said Killeen should consider herself “very, very lucky” to avoid going to prison.
He said that were it not for her two children and the effect a prison term would have on them, she would be locked up.
The children, aged 15 and seven, are already without their father, Dundon (33), who is serving a life sentence for the 2008 murder of Shane Geoghegan, who was shot dead in a case of mistaken identity.
Judge Keys told Killeen: “I accept you have had a difficult time, but that does not excuse your conduct. The assault resulted in a very nasty injury and has had a very dramatic effect on your victim.”
Outside the court, Ms McCarthy said: “I am not happy. She should have got jail. She glassed me in the face for nothing. “She shouldn’t have got a suspended sentence. It is not a nice thing to do to a girl’s face. I am still suffering.”
In her victim impact statement, which was read out in court, Ms McCarthy said she suffered “a horrific scar” to her face.
“I nearly lost my eye. I was in hospital all night and I was covered in blood from head to toe,” she said.
“After that night my whole life changed for ever. My children were screaming, they thought they had lost their mother.”
Killeen, of Hyde Road, Prospect, Limerick, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm.
Counsel for Killeen, Mark Nicholas, pleaded with the judge that, whatever sentence he imposed, Killeen be able to attend the Holy Communion of her youngest child next month.
The court was told Killeen is now separated from Dundon.
She is also the sister of Nathan Killeen, who is serving a life sentence for the 2009 murder of Limerick businessman Roy Collins.
Lorcan Connolly, prosecuting, said: “During her garda interview she said that it wasn’t her intention to harm Mary McCarthy.
She said that words were spoken between the two and she reacted.” Killeen has 50 previous convictions, with the vast majority relating to road traffic offences.
Mr Nicholas said Killeen apologised for the injury.
“It happened in a flash and she said that she would never go out to do that to another person.
Certainly her history shows that she is not a person of particular violence – not at all,” he said.