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Dean Quigley (right) broke into Fidaku Woldemeacheal’s home and left him lying on the ground for five days

Dean Quigley (right) broke into Fidaku Woldemeacheal’s home and left him lying on the ground for five days

Dean Quigley (right) broke into Fidaku Woldemeacheal’s home and left him lying on the ground for five days

THE daughter of a pensioner who lay seriously injured in his home for five days after being violently assaulted by his neighbour has said he will never recover from the attack.

Serial offender Dean Quigley was yesterday given a six-year sentence at Dublin Circuit Court over separate attacks on his OAP neighbour as well as a 17-year-old girl.

In the first crime he punched and dragged the teenager by her hair in an early morning assault, with the victim fearing she would die as he beat her.

Over a year later, having broken into his elderly neighbour's home for a second time in a matter of months, he punched and beat the man before putting him in a headlock.

Quigley also threatened to kill the Fikadu Woldemeacheal (76), who was so terrified of his attacker returning that he hid injured in his home for almost a week.

Speaking to the Herald yesterday, his daughter, Maria Walsh, recalled discovering her father seriously injured five days after the attack and said that he will never be the same again.

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Dean Quigley was jailed for six years for the savage assaults

Dean Quigley was jailed for six years for the savage assaults

Dean Quigley was jailed for six years for the savage assaults

"We hadn't heard from him in days, so I went down to see him. The shock, he was lying in bed.

"His house was full of blood, it was a crime scene. He could have been dead.

"He's in bits, I don't think he'll ever be the same again. His nerves are gone - he had mild Parkinson's before but now it's worse, and he still has a bleed on the brain and is open now to a stroke, so we're still going through this.

"We're so upset but we're glad this is over, and we got justice," she told the Herald.

Ms Walsh added that she was pleased justice was done for the attack on her father.

Yesterday afternoon Judge Karen O'Connor sentenced Quigley, of Temple Road, Blackrock, to a total of six years' imprisonment for the three offences.

He was given a two-year jail term for assault causing harm to a 17-year-old girl on the Stillorgan Road on July 5, 2018.

The court previously heard evidence from Det Gda Robert Clifford that pair were walking home from the city centre in the early hours of the morning when an argument occurred.

As the situation escalated, Quigley began punching the teenager in the face, hitting her several times.

He then dragged her to the ground and continued the vicious attack.

In her victim impact statement, the woman, now aged 19, said she thought she was going to die during the assault and is still traumatised by what happened.

A year later, on July 5, 2019, Quigley broke into the home of his elderly neighbour after kicking in his back door.

The thug then took possession of a knife while Mr Woldemeacheal ran from his apartment and sought help from a neighbour.

Quigley was given a two-year jail-term for trespass and criminal damage in relation to this incident, to run concurrently with the assault on the girl.

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Fikadu Woldemeacheal was so terrified his attacker would return he  hid injured for days

Fikadu Woldemeacheal was so terrified his attacker would return he hid injured for days

Fikadu Woldemeacheal was so terrified his attacker would return he hid injured for days

Three months after the break-in, on October 12, he broke into the home of Mr Woldemeacheal again, with evidence of the incident given by Garda Brian Gallagher.

This time Quigley assaulted the pensioner by punching him in the face and chest.

He then put him in a headlock and warned him that if he told anybody what had happened he would come back and kill him.

He then robbed his wallet and a sum of €950.

Mr Woldemeacheal was so terrified of the violent attack and Quigley's threats that he didn't call for help over fears that his assailant would return.

Five days later, on October 16, his daughter Maria went to his home and discovered her father lying in his bed seriously injured and in a distressed state.

The OAP was hospitalised for several weeks and in his victim impact statement said that he now lives in constant fear and does not believe that he will ever get over what happened.

Quigley's identification documents were found at the scene and he was later arrested.

Judge O'Connor sentenced Quigley for six years over this incident, to run consecutively with the previous break-in at Mr Woldemeacheal's house.

She said the total sentence for all three incidents was eight years imprisonment, which was suspended for two years and backdated to when Quigley first went into custody on the matters.

The judge took into account a number of mitigating factors, including Quigley's early guilty pleas, that he was on enhanced prisoner status, his letter of apology to the victims and his personal circumstances.

These included losing his father in tragic circumstances at the age of ten.

She also said he had issues with substance abuse for which he was receiving treatment in prison.

Judge O'Connor said it was of huge concern to her that the third incident was carried out while Quigley was on bail and also the violent nature of the attack.

She said the offending would impact Mr Woldemeacheal for the rest of his life and that his home was not the haven it should be while he was being beaten and threatened by a neighbour.

The judge said that there was a duty to protect a person living on their own or older people, and that the crimes on Mr Woldemeacheal involved the targeting of an elderly gentleman.

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