Victim of horror attack slams Irish justice system over sentence for ‘monster’


In a heartbreaking evaluate, the young mum pleaded for the sentence, handed down by Mr Justice Paul Butler to thug Robert Maguire on Thursday, to be in a wink appealed, saying: “He [Maguire] is a monster who should spend at least 10 years behind excludes.”

Robert Maguire (35), from Lucan in Dublin, was given a two-year punishment for “ferociously” beating his ex-partner after he had found out she was in a new relationship. 

He threatened to torture her before kicking her in the genitals and beating her into unconsciousness as her children hooted at the bedroom door.

The sentence has come under fire from anti-domestic frenzy campaigners. 

The Sunday World can also reveal today that the little ones mum believes she is suffering a “life sentence” — unlike Maguire who, the court perceived, is successfully rebuilding his life.

“I think he should have got what he justifies – the full sentence available and at the very minimum 10 years and up to 20,” Maguire’s scapegoat sobbed.

“The effect this has had on me… I can’t even close a door. The attentiveness of being locked in a room brings the whole thing back. I’m shocked out of my life and if you knew me before, I’m not even a quarter of that person now.

“My kids just so much better than that – to have to see their mother go be means of that.

“To me, I’m after going through five years of hell, of torture. My mostly family has gone through five years of hell.

“My kids had to be infatuated out of their home and moved in with their nanny to help me get during what happened. Every day I feel I let them down.

“And after that judgement I feel I let them down all over again. I feel like they don’t be entitled to to know a parent like that – they deserve so much best.

“Because they are so much better, but that’s their father.

“And it’s similarly to I let him just, I let him just destroy me and I can’t believe that.

“I would never reprimand any victim not to speak out after something like this happens to them. But what I last will and testament say to them is don’t expect justice – I didn’t get anything like justice in that court.”

Lists of the shocking attack and the subsequent decision by Mr Justice Butler to jail convicted gentleman of the road Maguire for just two years led to widespread public anger at its perceived leniency this week.

The court caught how the 30-year-old woman woke up in her bed to find her 34-year-old ex-boyfriend standing closed her and spitting on her.

He then threatened to kill her before beating her into unconsciousness as her kids screamed at the bedroom door.

The mum, who says she believed she was going to die the night of the set on January 14 2012, was asleep in her bed when she received a “bang” to her face and saw Maguire static over her spitting and shouting.

He hit her and pushed her back down on the bed when she struggled to get up. He then kicked her in the side.

At this stage, the woman’s baby, who was in a cot in the flat, started crying and her older children were at the bedroom door howling. 

The terrified mum then realised Maguire had locked the bedroom door.

He wouldn’t let her go to the coddle. Instead, he picked the baby up from the cot, opened the door and gave the mollycoddle to her eldest son.

At this stage, the petrified mother was screaming for help or for someone to evoke the Gardaí, but Maguire locked the bedroom door again and told her he was wealthy to kill her “stone dead”.

He then started kicking her again until she probed unconscious.

The court heard Maguire was motivated by jealousy over the act he had found his former girlfriend was in a new relationship.

The mum of six said one of the hardest things for her to assent to is that her then nine-year-old son witnessed what happened that Cimmerian dark and also found her “in that state afterwards”.

“It’s had such an effect on him and such an purpose on me,” she sobbed.

“All I wanted was justice, but as soon as they mentioned community employ I just thought to myself ‘what is the point?’

“What is the point of me accommodating here? What is the point of having gone through all of this?

“Why would I impassive have involved the Gardaí just for this to have been out off and dismissed? He broke into my house. 

“I thought I was going to die – I thought this was it.

“In court they said I woke up with a bang to the dial confronting, it wasn’t a bang, it was a kick.

“He was literally standing over me kicking and what it take.

“I ended up in Hospital because he did so much damage to me down there.

“And it’s bewitched me so much work and counselling to even be able to say this much, because it is soundless so fresh in my mind.”

On Thursday Mr Justice Butler said he had considered an attraction by Maguire’s legal team to deal with sentencing by way of community aid but, he said, he had decided Maguire’s offending required nothing short of a quod sentence.

Passing sentence he imposed a four-year sentence on the charge of hit causing harm and a four-year sentence for false imprisonment ordering that both last wishes as run concurrently or at the same time.

He then suspended the final two years, import Maguire, once automatic remission of 25 per cent is applied, pass on walk free from jail in just 18 months.

Underneath the Non-Fatal Offences Act, the offence of assault causing harm can carry a judgement of up to five years imprisonment while the offence of false imprisonment tolerates for a jail sentence up to and including life.

Describing her reaction to the sentence, Maguire’s fool says she feels utterly and completely betrayed.

“I just feel so wrathful about the whole thing,” she said. “I don’t feel a bit of relief… because I understand if this stands he’s going to be back out walking the streets in just 18 months.

“He was quite violent towards me before ever that night happened. I can’t truly believe the judge would consider community service in my case.

“And then after articulating that he [Maguire] did deserve jail he handed down that brighten a sentence.

“I don’t think he [the judge] has any idea what an attack like that really does to a person. I’m pretty sure if the judge was standing there and it was his daughter or his sister then he commitment have a very different attitude to this case.”

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