Jury for trial of man facing five assault charges begins deliberations in Tralee court

The jury in the trial of a man facing five assault charges has begun its deliberations in Tralee Circuit Court.

30-year-old Damien Fealy of no fixed abode has pleaded not guilty to seven charges; it’s alleged he committed five assaults on Vanessa Begley at locations in both Tralee and Killarney between March of 2018 and January of this year.

He’s also facing charges of producing a knife during two of the alleged assaults.

The court heard the accused man and the complainant, Vanessa Begley, were in a relationship in excess of one year, during which the alleged offences occurred.

A medical report was read to the court today: Dr Martin Boyd, Consultant in Emergency Medicine in University Hospital Kerry, wrote that on the 25th January of this year Ms Begley attended the A&E department.

His report said the complainant suffered two cuts to her head, about 1.5cm in length each, had a scratch on her thumb, had old burn marks and there was evidence of old scars.

Ms Begley required staples to treat the head wounds.

During closing speeches, prosecutor Tom Rice claimed the actions of Mr Fealy were deliberate, which were done with the intention to frighten and intimidate.

He added Ms Begley’s account was honest and truthful.

Defence barrister Brian McInerney said any injuries suffered by the complainant were not the fault of his client; Mr Fealy had told gardaí he attempted to prevent his then-partner from self-harming.

The jury of seven men and five women has begun its deliberations in Tralee Circuit Court.