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Man caught by wife at home with girl who thought he was in open relationship - shoe attack ensues

NewsBy Colm Hayes
Kay Sealy
Kay Sealy

An enraged wife who fired a shoe at a scantily-clad woman that was in her home has been convicted of assault.

Kay Sealy, 35, was found guilty of attacking Charlotte Akomfrah, 27, with the latter’s footwear at Sealy’s home in Tallaght, Dublin in August 2014.

Despite maintaining that she thought the person in her house was a burglar, Kay Sealy was convicted of assault.

Ms Sealy’s lawyer Michael Hennessy told Tallaght District Court that “no wife in Ireland would have acted differently.”

He added: “The villain of the piece was not before the court.”

Hennessy was referring to Ciaran Sealy, husband of Kay, who convinced Ms Akomfrah to return home with him after a work night out on the basis that he was “in an open relationship”.

The court heard that Ms Akomfrah and Ciaran Sealy were the last two left on a city centre night out when they began flirting.

Charlotte Akomfrah

“He asked me if I wanted to come back to his house. I asked if he was married or had a girlfriend. He said he was in an open relationship,” said Ms Akomfrah.

The graphic designer admitted they had been kissing, which continued when they arrived at the Sealy’s residence.

She continued: “When I was in the bathroom I saw a tug on the handle. I said I would be out in a minute. I didn’t think anything of it. When I came out I heard a woman screaming, calling me names, calling me a b***h. She started hitting me. I was so shocked.

“She kept on hitting me. She started hitting me with my shoes. I was crying out ‘please stop, I’m sorry, I didn’t know, I really didn’t know’. I made it out onto the street. I saw my head was pumping blood. I rang an ambulance.”

She said she was taken to hospital and then rang her parents. She later reported the incident in Blackrock Garda Station.

Garda Nevan Hartley told the court that he had taken a report of the incident on 8 September, 2014, from Detective Colin Creedon in Blackrock station.

He said he later arranged for Ms Sealy to come to Tallaght Garda Station, where she was arrested and charged.

Ciaran Sealy

Ms Sealy said that she heard some noise from the sitting room and thought it was a burglar. She said she found her husband in his jeans and Ms Akomfrah in just her underwear.

She recounted her side of the story: “I asked her to get out. She refused. I must have asked her to leave ten times. She just wouldn’t leave. She turned around and said ‘I want my shoes.’”

Ms Sealy said she then pushed Ms Akomfrah out the door.

The prosecutor asked Ms Sealy to explain how Ms Akomfrah got a cut on the head. Ms Sealy replied: “I presume it was when I threw the shoes.”

Asking Judge John Coughlan to acquit his client, Mr Hennessy said Ms Sealy had initially thought the injured woman was a burglar.

He added: “The injured party had accepted that she had not a clear memory of the incident. No evidence of intent had been established.

“In terms of recklessness, once she discovered the truth no wife in Ireland would have acted differently.”

Judge Coughlan ruled that it was a serious assault and fined Ms Sealy €75.