Wife fined €75 after assault on ‘nude’ woman in house

By Brendan Grehan

A WOMAN who seriously assaulted a woman she found with her husband was found guilty of assault by Tallaght Court.

Judge John Coughlan fined Kay Sealy €75. Sealy, aged 35, with an address at Deerpark Place, Tallaght, had pleaded not guilty to assaulting Ms Charlotte Akomfrah causing her harm at the above address on August 31, 2014.

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Ms Akomfrah said that on August 30, 2014, she had been out for drinks with work colleagues in the Church pub on Mary Street. She said they had dinner and drinks and that at 12.30am she and Ciaran Sealy were the only ones left. Ms Akomfrah said she and Mr Sealy were looking for a friend and they got a taxi to Bruxelles.

She said : “We went outside for a smoke.We were flirting with each other. He asked me if I wanted to come back to his house. I asked if he was married or had a girlfriend. He said he was in an open relationship.”

Ms Akomfrah said she got a taxi to Tallaght with Ciaran Sealy. She said they had been kissing and when they arrived at his house this continued and then she went to the bathroom.

She said: “When I was in the bathroom I saw there was a tug on the handle of the door. I said I would be out in a minute. I didn’t think anything of it. When I came out I heard a woman screaming, calling me names, calling me a bitch. She started hitting me. I was so shocked.

She kept on hitting me. She started hitting me with my shoes. I was crying out ‘please stop, I’m sorry, I didn’t know, I really didn’t know’. I saw a man standing in the doorway. I asked him to help me. He just shook his head. I made it out onto the street. I saw my head was pumping blood. I rang an ambulance.”

She said she was taken to hospital and then rang her parents. She later reported the incident in Blackrock Garda Station.

Under cross-examination from Sealy’s lawyer, Michael Hennessy, Ms Akomfrah denied that she had been completely naked.

He put it to her that she hadn’t been hit over the head with her shoes and that the lodger in the house had thrown the shoes out the door.

Ms Akomfrah told Mr Hennessy that she did not have a good memory of the incident.

Garda Nevan Hartley said he took a report of the incident on September 8, 2014 from Detective-Garda Colin Creedon in Blackrock Garda Station.

He said he later arranged for Ms Sealy to come to Tallaght Garda Station where she was arrested and charged.

Mr Hennessy applied for a direction on the grounds that the case was analagous to the Padraig Nally case where Mr Nally had shot dead a burglar. He said that Ms Akomfrah had no permission to be on the premises and that people are entitled to defend their dwelling place.

Ruling against Mr Hennessy, Judge Coughlan said that Mr Sealy had invited Ms Akomfrah to the house.

Christopher Merriman, the Sealy’s lodger, said that on August 31, 2014, he heard noise from downstairs.

He said he saw Ms Akomfrah “standing nude”. He said she was asking for help and he told her to put her clothes on and to leave.

He said: “Kay just pushed her out the door. She threw her shoes out and then Kay and Ciaran had a bit of an argument.”

Ms Sealy said that on August 31, 2014, she heard some noise from the sitting room. She said she thought the injured party was a burglar. She said she found her husband in his jeans and Ms Akomfrah in just her underwear.

She said: “She was in her underwear. I saw her with no clothes on. I asked her to get out. She refused. I must have asked her to leave 10 times. She just wouldn’t leave. She asked Christopher for help. She turned around and said ‘I want my shoes’.” She said she pushed Ms Akomfrah out the door.

The solicitor for the DPP asked Ms Sealy to explain how Ms Akomfrah got a cut on the head.

Ms Sealy replied: “I presume it was when I threw the shoes. If I was in somebodys else house and was asked to leave, I would get out fast.”

Asking Judge Coughlan to acquit his client, Mr Hennessy said Ms Sealy had initially thought the injured party was a burglar.

He added: “The injured party had accepted that she had not a clear memory of the incident. No evidence of intent had been established.

“In terms of recklessness, my client had accepted that she threw the shoes out after the injured party who did not have her permission to be on the premises. In terms of recklessness once she discovered the truth no wife in Ireland would have acted differently. The villain of the piece was not before the court.”

Judge Coughlan said the defendant was charged with assault and the injured party had received a cut to the head.

He said it was a serious assault and found Sealy guilty.

Convicting, he fined her €75.

 

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