The barrister of a man facing five assault charges claims the complainant is on a revenge mission.
30-year-old Damien Fealy, currently of no fixed abode, has pleaded not guilty to seven charges; it’s alleged he committed five assaults at locations in both Tralee and Killarney between March 2018 and January of this year.
He’s also facing two charges of producing a knife during two of the alleged assaults.
Yesterday, Tralee Circuit Court heard the accused and the complainant, Vanessa Begley, were in a relationship in excess of one year, during which time it’s alleged the incidents took place.
She claimed Mr Fealy, during the five alleged assaults, punched her in the face, banged her head against the wall, stabbed her with both a knife and biro, hit her with a wheel brace and burned her with a cigar.
Defence barrister Brian McInerney refuted this.
He said she was clinging onto Mr Fealy and, if he made any effort to end their relationship, she’d threaten to cause hassle; Ms Begley denied this.
Mr McInerney also said the complainant is now on a revenge outing because Damien Fealy didn’t respect her and didn’t treat her like a princess.
The complainant denied this, saying she was in court for justice and closure.
The trial continues this morning.