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The great axescape Couple attacked by neighbour with hatchet shocked at his release after just 14 days in jail

Pictures of Rami's injuries provided to the Sunday World show how the professional barber was left with a hole in the top of his head following the May 2019 attack.

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Mullane was freed after just 14 days in prison

Mullane was freed after just 14 days in prison

Mullane was freed after just 14 days in prison

A terrified mum says she no longer feels safe in her own home after a neighbour who assaulted her and attacked her boyfriend with an axe was released from prison after just 14 days.

Our exclusive pictures show axe attacker John Mullane returning to his Kanturk home on Wednesday - as 'Welcome Home' banners announced his arrival to the neighbourhood.

The 59-year-old father-of-five spent just two weeks in Cork prison for the attack in neighbour Linda Carver's front garden, during which he brought an axe down on her partner Rami Bassou's head.

Pictures of Rami's injuries provided to the Sunday World show how the professional barber was left with a hole in the top of his head following the May 2019 attack.

Earlier this month, Mullane pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Rami and to assault on Linda.

But he walked free from Cork Circuit Court when Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin suspended the balance of an 18-month custodial sentence after backdating it to when Mullane went into custody two weeks ago.

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Our man Pat talks to Linda and Rami by phone

Our man Pat talks to Linda and Rami by phone

Our man Pat talks to Linda and Rami by phone

"I felt sick," Linda told the Sunday World.

"Look at the picture of Rami's head - I just couldn't believe he wasn't going to stay in jail.

"Instead, I'm the one now who feels like a prisoner in her own home."

During a hearing earlier this month, Garda Micheál Dennehy told how Rami and Linda were painting a fence in her front garden on a summer's evening on May 12, 2019.

Garda Dennehy said a child went into their garden and Ms Carver went in to get him some popcorn, but the boy got agitated when paint got on his face.

Soon after this, John Mullane struck Mr Bassou from behind on the right side of the temple with the axe.

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Linda and Rami were horrified at the banner put out for Mullane’s release

Linda and Rami were horrified at the banner put out for Mullane’s release

Linda and Rami were horrified at the banner put out for Mullane’s release

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Linda said that following the incident with the child and the paint she got a 'sick feeling' in her stomach as if something was going to happen.

"The gates were closed and then John Mullane came and with one hand he bent down and opened the gate. I said: 'whoa, whoa! Where are you going?'

"Rami had no conversation with him. I had no conversation with him.

"Then he passed by and full force he swung the axe down and hit Rami.

"The blood went all over me, on my face, on my clothes, on my car. I went up by the car and he pinned me by the car. And I said: 'please, just let me go, I'll say nothing to nobody. I won't call the guards … just leave me go! And he said: 'I'll kill you first'.

"The drool was coming out of his mouth, his eyes were like black, and I just thought: 'Oh my God this man is going to kill me'. I thought that was it."

"After Rami got hit with the hatchet, I was looking for a body. I went into my home and I came back out and I called him and there was nothing. And I said: 'Oh my God, he's dead'.

"I went in and I saw all the blood. And I said: 'Rami can you hear me?'

"I'm suffering panic attacks since this happened and nobody cares. They're putting up banners to welcome him home and the world goes on - forget about Linda and forget about Rami."

Linda said she could not believe it when the judge announced he was suspending Mullane's sentence in full. "He got an 18 month sentence but then it was suspended. Suspended? He should be in jail."

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Our exclusive picture shows the horrific injury to Rami Bassou’s head from the axe attack

Our exclusive picture shows the horrific injury to Rami Bassou’s head from the axe attack

Our exclusive picture shows the horrific injury to Rami Bassou’s head from the axe attack

Defending Mullane during this week's court proceedings, solicitor Paula McCarthy said Mullane was never in trouble before and was extremely remorseful and recognised the incident was completely unacceptable.

Mullane offered Rami and Linda €2,000 compensation but they said they did not want the money.

They asked for it to be given to meals-on-wheels and services for the elderly in the area operated through Mercy House in Kanturk.

Mr Bassou said he has sleepless nights since the attack and his family and friends tell him he is no longer the same person.

Suspending the remainder of an 18-month sentence, Judge Ó Donnabháin said Mullane "lost his head" and attacked the other man who was painting in the front garden next door by striking him with a hatchet.

"The lady then got involved and she was jostled rather than assaulted," Judge Ó Donnabháin said. Asked how she feels in the wake of the sentencing, Linda said: "I don't want to be home.

"My kids don't want to come home. They don't want to come home because of all this. I'm losing my home, I'm losing my kids, I might lose Rami, he might go home.

"So I said to Rami the best thing for me is to just jump in over the bridge … because, what's the point?

"I didn't want to come home today, I finished work today and I just sat in the car. And I said 'where am I going to go because I feel like I have no fixed abode?' I don't feel like this is my home. I feel awful. I feel like this man should be locked away and get a proper sentence … proper justice."

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The banner welcoming Mullane’s release

The banner welcoming Mullane’s release

The banner welcoming Mullane’s release

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