Evil thug who threatened to 'execute' victim during vicious assault withdraws sentence appeal

Kerrie Gamble’s eyeball was knocked out of line during partner Barry O'Donoghue’s brutal attack
Kerrie Gamble after the brutal assault

Kerrie Gamble after the brutal assault

Alan Sherry

A twisted thug who kicked and punched his partner in a vicious assault while telling her "tonight is your execution" has withdrawn a sentence appeal after a warning from a judge.

Barry O'Donoghue (40) was jailed for five years in 2019 after a jury found him guilty assault causing harm and threatening to kill Kerrie Gamble at his Drimnagh home between October 20 and 21, 2016

The court heard how O'Donoghue pulled Ms Gamble back into the house following an argument at the property and assaulted her.

During a prolonged attacked O'Donoghue kicked his partner in the head as she was curled up in a ball on the floor before telling her "tonight is your execution" and that she could choose how she wanted her life to end.

Barry O’Donoghue subjected Kerrie Gamble to a vicious assault

Barry O’Donoghue subjected Kerrie Gamble to a vicious assault

Ms Gamble told the Sunday World this weekend that she lives in fear of when O'Donoghue is released.

"The effects of that night are still very much with me, as are the other forms of abuse that I suffered by him, both physical and otherwise over a prolonged period in the relationship.

"I still live in fear of the day when he will eventually be released, but I have moved on with my life and am happy now. My message to anyone who is currently in an abusive relationship is that there is life beyond abuse and you do not have to be stuck where you are."

O'Donoghue had intended to appeal the severity of his sentence at the Court of Appeal on Friday for the hearing.

However, shortly before the appeal was due to start Appeal Court President George Birmingham said that as well reducing a sentence, the court could vary a sentence by increasing it.

O'Donoghue's barrister then consulted with his client before telling the court his client wanted to withdraw his appeal.

O'Donoghue was returned to prison where he will serve the remainder of his five-year sentence.

During his trial Dublin Circuit Court heard evidence how O'Donoghue pulled Ms Gamble back into the house following an argument at the property and proceeded to assault her.

O'Donoghue, of Mourne Road, Drimnagh, but originally from Carlow, told her he had planned the attack and that she was going to die. Gda Keith O'Brien, of Sundrive Road Garda Station, gave evidence that at 6.30pm on October 20, 2016, O'Donoghue arrived at the house and a confrontation took place.

He started to punch Ms Gamble at the bottom of the stairs and shouted that she was "only ever evil" to him.

O'Donoghue picked her up and took her into the kitchen where he continued punching and kicking her. He told Ms Gamble "tonight is your execution" referred to how this would be carried out.

While issuing the threats, O'Donoghue was holding a bread knife and a tea towel, which the court heard made the threats to kill "credible".

In her victim impact statement, Ms Gamble described how she fears O'Donoghue will follow through on his threats when he is released from prison.

"I consider the night of October 20 as the night I should have died and I genuinely don't know how I made it out alive that night," Ms Gamble told the court.

"I live in great fear of his revenge on me for bringing it this far. I do not believe he will let go of his plan to get back at me."

Ms Gamble was left with nerve damage to the left side of her face and requiring surgery to unblock an eye muscle. She also needed an eyeball pulled forward, due to the force of the attack. Ms Gamble released photos of her injuries.

"This was not an easy decision for me but I firmly believe that standing up to domestic violence is more important."

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