A pregnant mother-of-one has been jailed for one and half years for an ‘unprovoked and vicious assault’ on a woman she bit in the face.
Tiffany Lonergan of 12 Caherina Cottage, Tralee pleaded guilty to assaulting the 18-year-old, causing her harm in Tralee town centre between May 2nd and 3rd, 2014.
The assault occurred in May 2014 when Tiffany Lonergan attacked the student by grabbing her by the throat and biting her, because she believed she had ‘looked at her boyfriend’.
In her victim impact statement, the woman said every time she looks in the mirror she feels disgusted because she’s left with teeth marks on her face.
She said she can’t go out without looking over her shoulder and feels like a prisoner who exists but doesn’t live.
Defending barrister Katie O’Connell said Lonergan, who is four months pregnant, was afraid that if convicted her four-year-old son would be taken into care.
She told Tralee Circuit Criminal Court her client was anxious to face her demons and didn’t intend to drink again.
Judge Tom O’Donnell said he resented the child being used as a ploy because the probation report suggested it was Lonergan’s mother who minded him most of the time.
He said it had been a viscous assault and the victim was reminded on a daily basis that she went out for the night and came back with a bite mark on her face.
He sentenced the accused to three years in prison, suspending the final 18 months.