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Man caught on CCTV battering two women with a hammer in broad daylight street assault

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John Nevin said he ‘panicked’ when he saw the women arguing.

John Nevin said he ‘panicked’ when he saw the women arguing.

The women argue on the street.

The women argue on the street.

The women scuffle.

The women scuffle.

Nevin emerges from his car and approaches the women.

Nevin emerges from his car and approaches the women.

Nevin uses the hammer.

Nevin uses the hammer.

John Nevin’s victim was bashed with a hammer he took from his car as they fought with his wife.

John Nevin’s victim was bashed with a hammer he took from his car as they fought with his wife.

John Nevin’s victim was bashed with a hammer he took from his car as they fought with his wife.

John Nevin’s victim was bashed with a hammer he took from his car as they fought with his wife.

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John Nevin said he ‘panicked’ when he saw the women arguing.

This is the moment a man waded in with a hammer to attack two women who were involved in an argument with his wife.

The assault by John Nevin on a busy shopping street was caught on CCTV, which also captured innocent children passing by immediately after the attack.

Julie McDonagh and her daughter Tracey were left battered and terrified by the assault, which happened after a heated exchange with Nevin's wife.

Both women told Mullingar Circuit Court how they thought Nevin was going to kill them.

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The women argue on the street.

The women argue on the street.

The women argue on the street.

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Nevin emerges from his car and approaches the women.

Nevin emerges from his car and approaches the women.

Nevin emerges from his car and approaches the women.

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Nevin uses the hammer.

Nevin uses the hammer.

Nevin uses the hammer.

"I don't feel safe in my own home any more. We had to get TV cameras installed in our home since this happened.

"We put our house up for sale because I don't feel safe in our own home town where I've lived all my life," said Julie in her victim impact statement.

Her daughter Tracey had to endure a difficult pregnancy as a result of her injuries.

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John Nevin’s victim was bashed with a hammer he took from his car as they fought with his wife.

John Nevin’s victim was bashed with a hammer he took from his car as they fought with his wife.

John Nevin’s victim was bashed with a hammer he took from his car as they fought with his wife.

"I suffered a lot of pain when I was pregnant because I couldn't take any painkillers, only paracetamol which didn't take the pain away."

She also said that she and her husband are also preparing to leave the town.

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"We used to live in a caravan and when this happened we sold our caravan and moved in with my grandfather because we didn't feel safe in our own home," Tracey said.

Nevin previously said in court he thought his wife was being attacked and he acted out of panic when he emerged from his Ford Galaxy car with what he said was a safety hammer that came with the car.

"I just panicked, I didn't know what was going to happen with my wife," he said.

Nevin, who told gardai he was protecting his wife, should have been able to control his emotions, according to a judge.

This week he got a one-year prison sentence for the daylight assaults in Mullingar in February 2020.

The married father-of-four "knows full well how to control his emotions - it's part of the boxing ethos, fighters learn to control their reactions," said Judge Keenan Johnson.

"The fact that the accused, who is a trained boxer, should arm himself with a hammer, then proceed to use this in the most vicious and aggressive manner to inflict injuries on the victims, is a hugely aggravating factor," Judge Johnson said.

The judge also slammed the amount of time and money that has to be spent on policing family feuds and dealing with such incidents.

"It appears the assault is rooted in an ongoing feud between the families of the victims and the family of the accused.

"It has to be said the prevalence of these feuds, particularly in Mullingar and Longford, are of great concern to ordinary citizens but also to the gardai and indeed the courts.

"The amount of time and resources needed to police these feuds and maintaining the peace is a real drain on garda resource."

None of Nevin's 20 previous minor convictions involved violence and he volunteers as a boxing coach, a sport in which he once represented his country, it was previously heard.

Judge Johnson, in sentencing, said he did not accept Nevin's excuse that he was in a heightened state of anxiety and didn't know what he was doing.

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He said that Nevin could easily have extracted his wife from the situation without arming himself with the hammer and inflicting significant injuries on the victims.

Having seen CCTV footage of the incident Judge Johnson said he was "not convinced the actions of the accused were all in defence of his wife."

He described it as "a particularly violent attack."

However, he said, the court accepted Nevin aimed the hammer blows at the victims' lower bodies.

"This doesn't take away from the gravity of the assault perpetrated by the accused on each of the victims.

"It is clear both victims were badly affected, their sense of security, their confidence have been totally undermined.

"There can be little doubt the negative effects of the assault by the accused was life changing for both victims," the judge said.

Taking into account Nevin had made an early guilty plea, his commitment to his family and apologies to the victims, he reduced the sentence from a headline sentence of four years.

Imposing a two-and-a-half year sentence, Judge Johnson also suspended the final 18 months for a period of ten years.

Neither victim wanted to accept €2,000 brought to court in compensation and it was ordered instead to be donated to a local charity.

Nevin, whose previous sentence hearing was delayed because it was thought he had Covid-19, appeared in court via a video link.

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