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vile remarks 'I wouldn't call a 'back-hander' a beating,' says deluded thug who bombarded ex with threats

Cowardly Kevin Dunleavy described his campaign of terror against his former partner as "only a couple of arguments" when the Sunday World spoke to him.

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Kevin Dunleavy served 16 months of a 21 month sentence

Kevin Dunleavy served 16 months of a 21 month sentence

Dunleavy is collected from prison.

Dunleavy is collected from prison.

Dunleavy hit his partner outside a pub.

Dunleavy hit his partner outside a pub.

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Kevin Dunleavy served 16 months of a 21 month sentence

A cowardly woman beater who became the first man in Ireland to be convicted of coercive control has embarked on a bizarre and shocking rant, saying he "wouldn't call a back hander a beating".

Vile Kevin Dunleavy, from Kerrykeel in Donegal, also moaned that gardai won't leave him alone since his recent release from prison.

And the deluded thug described his campaign of terror against his former partner - which included assault, threats, bombarding her with thousands of phone calls and burning her clothes - as "only a couple of arguments" when the Sunday World spoke to him last week.

"I had an argument outside the pub. Youse put down that it was a severe beating. I wouldn't call a back-hander a beating like."

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Dunleavy is collected from prison.

Dunleavy is collected from prison.

Dunleavy is collected from prison.

Asked if he was saying hitting a woman wasn't a big issue, he said: "I'm not saying it isn't a big issue at all. I'm telling you there's two f***ing sides to every story… but we know whose side you're going to run with anyway and it ain't f***ing mine."

The callous thug, who abused a Sunday World photographer when he was released from jail last month after serving just 16 months of his 21-month prison sentence, also went on a lengthy tirade against gardai, calling them "tramps" when we spoke to him.

Gardai have been keeping a close eye on Dunleavy since he was freed after a court agreed to alter his release conditions so he could return to his native Donegal where his victim also lives. His victim told the Sunday World it was a "disgrace" he was allowed return to Donegal.

But Dunleavy (33), who amassed over 120 convictions, is furious at the attention he has received from gardai since his return home.

"I hate the bastards and always did," he ranted to the Sunday World.

"They were hounding me for seven years trying to get me doing stuff. I wasn't doing anything.

"They're still at me here now, sitting staring in the windows and everything at the house, flashing blue lights in the window. We're living in the country.

"I hate the sight of them. They're f***ing tramps up here."

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Dunleavy hit his partner outside a pub.

Dunleavy hit his partner outside a pub.

Dunleavy hit his partner outside a pub.

When asked if he could understand why gardai might want to keep an eye on him considering his criminal history and that his victim is living in Donegal, he claimed: "But I'm not doing anything.

"We are being harassed like. Oh aye. Big time. They're going up and down the side of the house. We're out in a wee country area, up and down the side lane of the house. Any cars coming in, they're stopping them."

He then claimed he wasn't annoyed by the garda attention.

"They don't annoy me. I smile away at them and laugh at them - that annoys them more. Listen, I'm not doing anything wrong. They're not going to get me for anything. It's just the harassment of it.

"They know I'm not going to do anything. If it was anybody else they wouldn't be near them at all. It's just because it was me. My brother was involved in an incident with the guards years ago - an accident. The guards f***ing hate us with a passion."

His younger brother Cathal was previously sentenced to three years for stealing a car on the night Garda Robert McCallion was killed in Donegal in 2009.

Garda McCallion was struck by a vehicle while investigating the suspected car theft in Letterkenny on March 26, 2009.

Cathal Dunleavy's pal, Jamie McGrenaghan, who was driving the vehicle that struck Garda McCallion, was later acquitted of his manslaughter.

Cathal Dunleavy was also jailed for four months after he admitted making a false complaint against Donegal gardai to the Garda Ombudsman.

Kevin Dunleavy admits he had plenty of run-ins with gardai before all that happened.

"They were at me before that anyway. I was a wee bit wilder when I was young and I settled in 2012 no bother at all, nothing, but they still wouldn't leave me alone."

During Dunleavy's sentencing hearing in 2019 at Letterkenny Circuit Court, Detective Garda Darren Carter had revealed family and friends of the woman, a mother of three, were genuinely fearful for her safety.

He gave a detailed account of a number of incidents in which the accused threatened and attacked her.

The court was told on one occasion he came into a bar and pulled her out by the collar of her jumper before assaulting her.

He also burnt her clothes and broke her hair straighteners to prevent her from going out, and the court was told he bombarded his victim with 5,757 phone calls over a three month period in 2019.

The couple had known each other since they were both 14 years old and had been going out since 2012.

Dunleavy pleaded guilty to offences including coercive control, harassment and making threats to damage property.

Coercive control is the way an abusive person, currently or previously an intimate partner, gains and maintains power and control over another person by subjecting them to psychological, physical, sexual, emotional or financial abuse.

Asked how he felt about being the first person in Ireland to be convicted of coercive control, he said: "It was shite that's all it was - coercive control!"

Despite pleading guilty to all the offences, Dunleavy this week told the Sunday World he only did so to avoid more time in prison and now regrets pleading guilty.

"I pleaded guilty. If I was on remand in the jail it would have been three years before it came up and I only got 21 months. I pleaded guilty just to get out of the jail."


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