Tralee court hears claim man stabbed his ex-partner in the head

Tralee Circuit Court has heard claims that a man stabbed his ex-partner in the head.

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.

It’s alleged Damien Fealy committed five assault causing harm offences; the first allegedly occurred between the 10th-12th March, 2018 at 57 Deerpark, Tralee.

The second and third charges relate to assault causing harm and the production of a Stanley knife at 26 Meadowlands, Tralee on the 24th July last year.

The fourth charge is that during November 2018, Damien Fealy assaulted Vanessa Begley at 4 Oakwood, Woodlawn, Killarney; further assault causing harm and possession of a knife charges relate to 25th January this year at the same location.

The final charge relates to an alleged assault causing harm offence at Clogherbrien, Tralee on 14th January, 2019.

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

Giving evidence, the complainant said she and the accused were in their Killarney home when they got into a dispute in January of 2019.

Ms Begley said she locked herself into the bathroom as she was fearing for her own safety; she claims Mr Fealy broke through the door, caught her by the hair, banged her head against the wall four times, tried to choke her and then stabbed her in the head.

Barrister for Mr Fealy, Brian McInerney, disputed this; the complainant agreed that she and his client had taken drugs and alcohol on the day of the incident.

The barrister claimed the substances she’d taken led to her having a warped picture of the event; Ms Begley denied this, claiming the accused was a bully who had threatened her not to speak to others about the assaults.

The trial continues in Tralee Circuit Court under Judge Cormac Quinn.