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Evil brute Locals fear thug Anthony Quigley will resume reign of terror after prison release

The violent thug and sex pest — who has 26 convictions for crimes against women — was jailed for two years in 2019 for an unprovoked assault on motorist Amanda Donegan

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Anthony Quigley was described as a ‘menace’, but is now back on the streets.

Anthony Quigley was described as a ‘menace’, but is now back on the streets.

Anthony Quigley was described as a ‘menace’, but is now back on the streets.

Locals fear “menace to society” Anthony Quigley will resume his reign of terror after walking free from prison.

The violent thug and sex pest — who has 26 convictions for crimes against women — was jailed for two years in 2019 for an unprovoked assault on motorist Amanda Donegan.

This week Quigley emerged from the Midlands Prison where he served his sentence, which Ms Donegan slammed at the time for being too lenient.

Quigley left the terrified woman badly battered after launching the assault while she parked her car in Mitchelstown, Co Cork.

Photographs taken in an ambulance shortly after the incident show the facial injuries suffered by Ms  Donegan.

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Amanda Donegan was subjected to a horrific unprovoked attack in her car

Amanda Donegan was subjected to a horrific unprovoked attack in her car

Amanda Donegan was subjected to a horrific unprovoked attack in her car

 

Ms Donegan declined to comment to the Sunday World this week as did some neighbours in Mitchelstown for fear of “drawing him down” on them.

“He’s attacked a lot of people in this town, he’s had a reign of terror in some ways over the years,” said one resident.

“He should be in Dundrum mental hospital.”

Quigley, who was once banned from owning a mobile phone after making thousands of obscene calls, also has convictions for sexual assault after touching schoolgirls inappropriately.

In 2019, at a sitting of Cork Circuit Court, Quigley was given a four-year sentence with two years suspended after being convicted of the savage attack on Ms Donegan.

It was heard that Quigley suffered a brain injury in a crash 19 years previously, which left him cognitively impaired and prone to impulsivity.

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At the time, Ms Donegan said she was devastated by the lenient sentence for the attack, during which she had feared for her life.

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Quigley relaxes on a bench after his release.

Quigley relaxes on a bench after his release.

Quigley relaxes on a bench after his release.

“Having a head injury does not give him the right to give other people head injuries. I actually think that man is evil,” she said.

“Even sitting there today made me want to be sick. I feel danger all around me. I used to be a strong capable person.

“Sometimes I can’t even go out of a house. Walking down the street frightens me. There is not enough done for people like him or people like me.”

Ms Donegan said she thought she was going to die during the attack.

“If I hadn’t moved my head when I did he would have got me in the temple and killed me. He started hitting through the car window because I was reversing. It was a fight for my life.”

Ms Donegan told the court how the incident unfolded in February 2018 as she was parking her car.

Quigley approached her and started shouting swear words at her through the window. He then lunged forward and assaulted her through the car window.

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Quigley at court 18 years ago.

Quigley at court 18 years ago.

Quigley at court 18 years ago.

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Injuries suffered by Amanda Donegan.

Injuries suffered by Amanda Donegan.

Injuries suffered by Amanda Donegan.

 

She told how she heard a “weird noise” and blood shot from her face.

Ms Donegan told the court that she couldn’t believe what had happened to her and that there was no lead-up to the incident.

“He knocked me over on to my dog. I was trying to hold the dog back. Even if he had been stabbing the dog, if the dog bit him he would have been put down.

“He was in the car on top of me and he was beating me and dragging me. He was smothering me. He said he would ‘f***ing kill me’. I thought he was going to break my neck.”

Ms Donegan stated in evidence that she feared for her life after Quigley then dragged her from her vehicle.

She said he put his hand over her mouth and she bit him trying to get him off her. She also got a spanner from the car in an attempt to defend herself.

Ms Donegan recalled how Quigley was stamping on her hands before shocked onlookers intervened and came to her assistance.

She explained that she could hardly see and she was concentrating on “trying not to be killed.”

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Amanda Donegan before the attack.

Amanda Donegan before the attack.

Amanda Donegan before the attack.

 

 

Quigley was found guilty of assault causing harm to Ms Donegan and engaging in threatening and abusive behaviour towards her.

He tried to claim to gardai that Ms Donegan had called him a “paedophile” and a “c**t” but witnesses said  the attack was entirely unprovoked.

Quigley claimed Ms Donegan got her facial injuries when she fell and hit her head on a flowerpot.

A teenager, who gave evidence by video link, said he thought Ms Donegan was going to be killed in the incident.

His defence lawyer at the time said Quigley had been in a coma for 27 days after a car accident which had caused a “profound change in personality” in him.

The trial judge described Quigley as being a “menace” to society and said he was not entitled to revisit his trauma on innocent bystanders.

On the same day in court Quigley was also sentenced to 18 months after being convicted of harassing four teenage girls on a bus, telling them racist and sexist jokes before sexually assaulting one of them.

Cork Circuit Criminal Court heard that the teenagers were at the back of a bus on December 4, 2018 when Quigley sat next to them.

One of the young women said Quigley touched her inappropriately after she started coughing, placing his hands on her shoulder before reaching for her thighs.

“I was terrified. He started patting my thigh a few times throughout the journey. He was pushing close to me and breathing on me. He was invading my privacy. He smelled awful and he asked a few times if we liked his aftershave.”

Another teenager said Quigley repeatedly said she was sexy. He called her hot and insisted that she must have a boyfriend. She told the court she was terrified by the incident.

“I was scared to go to the bus driver because I did not know him. He [Quigley] kept touching [my friend] on the thigh and the leg. He took out a piece of paper and gave me his phone number. He told me to call him and to send him compliments.”

The girl said as he left his seat Quigley grabbed her hand and squeezed it very hard.

“I felt scared. I did not know what he was going to do. I did not know who this man was or what he would do if he got angry.”

The girl gave the piece of paper to her teacher the following day and the principal alerted the gardai.

In his direct evidence Quigley said he couldn’t understand why a case had been taken against him.

“If a fella is being brought to court for this then what is the world coming to?” he asked.

Quigley claimed he only engaged in banter with the teenagers and refuted suggestions that there was inappropriate contact.

 

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