Tralee man receives four and a half year sentence for ‘brutal’ assaults on his wife and another man

A 21-year-old man has been jailed for a total of four and a half years for assaulting his wife and for the assault of another man causing him harm in a separate incident. Tralee CourthouseRelatives of Michael O’Driscoll of 8 Rahoonane, Tralee, left Tralee Courthouse in protest after Judge Thomas E O’Donnell handed down the custodial sentence. Michael O’Driscoll had previously pleaded guilty to three assaults on his wife, Shelley O’Brien, following a Confirmation celebration on March 28th, 2014. Judge O’Donnell described the assaults as “brutal, cowardly and unprovoked” and said it was no way to treat any woman, let alone his wife. Mr. O’Driscoll, who has 85 previous convictions, had also pleaded guilty at Tralee Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting James O’Brien with a bottle, causing him harm on February 22nd, 2015. Judge O’Donnell took his early plea and his difficult family background as mitigating circumstances but said Michael O’Driscoll was a violent man whose behaviour had no place in civil society. He sentenced him to three concurrent sentences for the assault on Shelley O’Brien and a further three years to be served consecutively for the assault on James O’Brien. The judge suspended the last 18 months of the sentence on condition he is of good behaviour for six years.