Tralee woman denies revenge in accusing ex-partner of assault

A Tralee woman has denied she accused a former partner of trying to kill her in order to exact revenge. Tralee courthouse Marie O’Connor was giving evidence at Tralee Circuit Court in the trial of Anthony Perry, who is accused of assaulting Ms O’Connor at her home on July 1st 2014. Ms O’Connor alleged that Mr Perry tried to kill her at her home on the night in question. He denies the charges. Marie O’Connor said she was at home at Caheranne Close, Tralee on July 1st 2014 when her former partner, Anthony Perry turned up at the door just before 10pm. She told the jury at Tralee Circuit Court that Mr Perry became aggressive and was shouting, that he threatened to burn her house down and that he threw her on the ground. She said that Mr Perry followed her upstairs, pounded her body and boxed her in the face – she was in fear of her life, she said, as he allegedly pushed the air from her lungs. Ms O’Connor said she managed to push the accused against a wardrobe and he eventually left her home. Defence barrister, Brian McInerney, suggested that it was Marie O’Connor who had attacked Anthony Perry, that she was not attacked and that there was an argument about money. Marie O’Connor said she if she throws a strop she takes it out on the cupboard doors in her kitchen and wouldn’t attack a person as was being suggested. The trial before Judge Tom O’Donnell continues.