Jail for man who beat pregnant woman on playdate and threatened to throw baby out of her


A man who assaulted a pregnant woman on a play date and threatened to “throw the baby out of her” has been sentenced to five years in prison.

ack Murphy, 23, was also involved in the robbery of an Iceland and Tesco supermarket two days after his release from prison, the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard today.

Murphy, with an address at Kilbarron Road, Kilmore, Dublin 5, pleaded guilty to one count of robbery, one theft, one assault and one death threat.

The court heard that on April 11, 2021, Murphy was at his partner’s home where their child was playing with another child.

The kids started fighting which caused Murphy to become extremely agitated. When the child’s mother arrived to pick up her child, she could see that her child was upset and she found that Murphy had yelled at her child.

The woman confronted Murphy, and he ran towards her and slapped her on the shoulder. He was about to punch her in the chest when he was pulled away. The court heard that this woman was pregnant at the time, and later that evening Murphy saw her and exclaimed, “I’m going to kick the baby out of you.”

Three days later, Murphy called the woman and explained that he had been interrogated for six hours following a complaint she had lodged with Gardaí. He called her a second time and said he wouldn’t let it go. He also threatened her and her child.

After those phone calls, Murphy attacked her partner by hitting him in the wrist and ribs with a metal bar. Murphy was later arrested and responded “no comment” when questioned by Gardaí.

Referring to the robbery offenses, Detective Garda Michael McCabe told the court that an employee at the Icelandic supermarket at the Newton Industrial Estate in Coolock was working at the checkout on March 3, 2021 when he heard a man yell, “Open the register, open the cash register.”

The man’s face was covered with a scarf and he was holding a screwdriver. He gained access to the till and stole money from the till.

He went to a second register and shouted, “Open the f****** register.”

Again he grabbed a sum of money and left the store.

The court heard both employees were terrified during the robbery, while one employee said her legs went weak as the accused left the store.

CCTV footage was downloaded and Murphy identified.

Later that day, security at the Tesco store in Artane observed Murphy acting suspiciously. After further observation, he was seen putting several bottles of vodka in a bag.

Murphy then left the store without paying and was stopped outside the store by employees.

Murphy gave his name to Tesco staff and left the store, and gardaí were called.

Gardaí arrested and interviewed Murphy a few days later. He said he had no recollection of the robbery, but after viewing the CCTV footage, he agreed it was him on the footage.

Simon Matthews BL, defending himself, told the court his client was fully cooperative and made a full admission after viewing CCTV footage. He also stated that his client had mental health issues and was exposed to drug use at a young age.

The court heard that Murphy committed those offenses two days after his release from prison and that he has a 55 criminal record.

Judge Martin Nolan sentenced Murphy today, saying Murphy startled staff at the Icelandic supermarket. In addition, he said Murphy became involved in an argument between children that resulted in him threatening to kill and performing a physical assault on more than one occasion.

Judge Nolan said, “The courts must convict on the basis of criminal conduct and this case undoubtedly warrants a prison sentence.”

He considered Murphy’s mental health issues and his early admissions of guilt. The support and presence of his parents in court.

Judge Nolan sentenced him to two years in prison for robbery and theft at both Iceland and Tesco and an additional four and a half years for assault. The last 18 months have been suspended on condition that Murphy behave properly during incarceration and for 18 months after release. He must also remain under the supervision of the Probation Service for 18 months. Jail for man who beat pregnant woman on playdate and threatened to throw baby out of her

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