Tralee man found not guilty of assaulting former partner

A Tralee man accused of assault causing harm to his former partner has been found not guilty of the charge at Tralee Circuit Criminal Court. Tralee courthouse 40 year-old Anthony Perry of Fountain Court, Tralee had pleaded not guilty to assaulting Marie O’Connor at her home at Caheranne, Tralee on July 1st, 2014. The trial heard that the pair had a very volatile relationship. In evidence, 45 year-old Marie O’Connor said that Anthony Perry had assaulted her repeatedly at her home on the night in question. She sustained injuries to her face, neck and upper chest and claimed Mr Perry, who had been drinking, had tried to kill her. The court heard that Mr Perry also sustained injuries but he initially denied going to Ms O’Connor’s home or assaulting her. Defence barrister, Brian McInerney, said Ms O’Connor was trying to do Mr Perry down and that he had previously accepted responsibility for a small quantity of cannabis found at her home. ‘Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,’ he told the jury of seven men and five women, claiming that gardaí had come to the conclusion that it was an open and shut case. Judge Tom O’Donnell said they may have sympathy for either or both of the parties but they had to be dispassionate in their deliberations. After deliberating for over two hours, the jury returned a majority verdict of not guilty.