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bleed on brain Man who left victim for dead after vicious attack in caravan site is jailed for six years

The incident occurred after the two men got into a row when Mr Quilligan vomited after the pair were drinking inside Mr McDonagh’s caravan

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Bernard McDonagh

Bernard McDonagh

Bernard McDonagh

A 28-year-old man has been jailed for six years and seven months after beating his victim in a caravan park and leaving him to die.

The Gloucester Crown Court heard yesterday that Bernard McDonagh (28), of Draycott, Dursley, but formerly of Mount View Caravan Park, Naas Lane, near Brookthorpe, assaulted James Quilligan on June 23rd, 2020.

The incident occurred after the two men got into a row when Mr Quilligan vomited after the pair were drinking inside Mr McDonagh’s caravan in Mount View.

Prosecutor James Haskell said: “This led to the two of them having a fight outside with Mr Quilligan’s wife, Mary, having to get involved and persuade the two men to stop fighting.

“Mrs Quilligan said that she was woken up by McDonagh banging on their caravan door, to which her husband immediately responded.

“Within seconds Mrs Quilligan got up and saw her husband lying on the floor in a heap and witnessed McDonagh kicking and thumping him while he lay on the ground. She describes her husband as being close to death.

“Mrs Quilligan told the police that she tried protecting her husband by slapping McDonagh, but this was mostly ineffective.

“When the violence towards her husband stopped, she shouted out to McDonagh, ‘Is he dead?’

“The police and ambulance were called with Mr Quilligan being found barely conscious. He was rushed to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital where he underwent emergency treatment for a bleed to his right ear and other abrasions to his right eye and chest. He also had a number of stab marks on him.”

Mr Quilligan was placed in a medically induced coma and transferred to Southmead Hospital in Bristol where he underwent further medical procedures to relieve a bleed on the brain.

Mr McDonagh was arrested in May on suspicion of the attempted murder of Mr Quilligan, after returning to the UK from Ireland.

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McDonagh pleaded not guilty to attempted murder but admitted to causing Mr Quilligan bodily harm with intent.

Judge Michael Cullum sentenced McDonagh to six years and seven months in prison and made him subject to a ten year restraining order not to contact his victim by any means.

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