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'Zero tolerance' Attack survivor says Ireland has serious problem with violence against women 

During a prolonged attack, 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."

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Kerrie Gamble

Kerrie Gamble

Kerrie Gamble

A victim who was told "tonight is your execution" during a vicious assault, has said Ireland has a serious problem with violence against women.

Kerrie Gamble was brutally attacked by her then-partner Barry O'Donoghue at his Drimnagh home between October 20 and 21, 2016.

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

During a prolonged attack, 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."

O'Donoghue was sentenced to just five years for the attack and late last year tried to get the sentence reduced on appeal but withdrew the appeal after a judge warned that sentences can increase as well as decrease on appeal.

Speaking to the Sunday World this week after the horrific murder of Ashling Murphy, Kerrie, who said she still lives in fear of the day O'Donoghue is released, said "our streets are not safe".

"My heart is broken for Ashling Murphy and for her family. No words can ever take away the pain they must be feeling, the severe loss they are going through and I hope Ashling gets the justice she deserves.

"Ireland has a serious problem with violence against women and we need to wake up as a nation to the fact that it is out of control. Why does someone get the right to end another's life just because they can?

"Why should Ashling's family now have to grieve for her because someone decided they had the right to take her life?

"Our streets are not safe and they will not even begin to be until a zero tolerance approach is taken, starting with tougher sentences for the perpetrators.

"RIP Ashling, I'm so sorry this happened to you."

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