A MOTHER who fears she will die in a knife attack by her partner has sentenced him to prison.
And she has called for longer prison terms for those convicted of crimes related to violence against women.
Louise Karadag, 44 years old, a health coach from Athy, Co Kildare, the prison sentences handed down to those guilty of assaulting women are too lenient.
Last week, Keith Malone, 39, of Barnashrone, Mountmellick, Co Laois, was jailed for two years and nine months for an assault at her home that left Louise with life-threatening stab wounds.
Louise said: “When you look at my case and read about other similar attacks against women, I really think the sentences need to be more severe, especially in the context of the events. recently”.
‘I CAN BE ONE OF THEM’
She notes that research shows that more than half of the 244 women murdered in Ireland since 1996 were killed by an intimate partner or former partner.
“I could have been one of them and I think about it every time I hear about another case,” she said. I also wonder about all these similar cases that we don’t hear about because victims are too scared to tell their partners.”
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The mother of three, originally from Dublin, made her comments outside court in Naas, Co Kildare, where Malone was sentenced to three years in prison with the final three months suspended after pleading guilty to assault causing harm .
Malone inflicted four stab wounds on her partner at her home on January 6, 2019 during a drunken attack.
A conflict broke out when the couple returned to Miss Karadag’s house because he believed she was responsible for his friends, with whom he went drinking, leaving the pub early.
Malone also pleaded guilty to manufacturing a separate knife on the same occasion.
The Naas Circuit Criminal Court heard the couple had an “unfriendly” relationship of more than four years, with Malone – the father of her now three-year-old daughter Karadag – living with his parents.
‘I WILL STABLE YOU’
The proof is that during the conversation, Malone, a welder, threatened his partner: “I can stab you”, before going into the kitchen and grabbing a knife.
Ms Karadag said she started screaming for help after Malone put his arm around her and she could feel the stabbing very quickly “like a knife”.
Judge Mary O’Malley Costello said the scene the victim described was “like something you would see in a movie”.
Louise pleaded with Malone, “I love you so much, please stop,” as she felt the blood rush out of her body.
‘WHAT DO YOU MAKE ME DO?’
He replied, “Aw f**k, what are you doing after making me do to you?”
Louise recalls: “I was so scared. I thought this was the feeling of wanting to die.”
She spent 19 days at Naas General Hospital being treated for injuries including a damaged liver, collapsed lung, broken ribs and a wound to her elbow.
In a victim impact statement, Ms Karadag said it was “nightlife that will change forever” for her and her children.
As she felt the knife go in and out of her body, Ms Karadag recalls: “I thought of my children and my family. I thought I would never see them again. The feeling and the thoughts that have gone through me are almost indescribable.”
“Waiting for the ambulance I was just trying to hold on to – telling myself you can’t die, you can’t leave your kids alone.”
‘After Leaving MY HOME’
However, she insists returning home from hospital “was just the beginning of my nightmare”.
Louise told the court: “I was afraid to leave my house in case he was outside waiting for me and I was afraid to go home in case he was already in while I was out.”
Speaking after Malone’s sentencing hearing, Ms Karadag said she was surprised her former partner was not charged with a more serious crime than aggravated assault, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. instead of the lower sentence he faces, where there is a maximum. prison term of five years.
She said: “It makes no sense to me because the purpose of being there is to cause me serious harm.
“I had no control over what was happening. I do not have an attorney to represent me or explain the proceedings in court. It is an area where things could be made better for the victims. “
Ms Karadag said she was “astonished” by some of the comments defending Malone and said there was no basis to challenge his account of what happened. “I’m not allowed to say anything but my victim-impact statement,” she said.
Ms Karadag said she was also unsure what was going on in court because the judge initially gave the title sentence of five years for Malone’s crimes but then reduced it to 40 months, then three years and finally suspending the last 3 months of that term.
Louise said: “I worry that it will be mitigated until he is not jailed.”
LIVE IN FEAR
Ms Karadag said she believes her former partner still blames her for what happened but welcomes the end of the proceedings in court.
She said: “I’m just glad the case is over because it’s been three years in court with so many adjourns and seeing him.”
However, she also realizes that the dramatic events of three years ago changed her life forever.
Louise said: “I still live in fear. I have PTSD and need counseling. If I’m home alone or with my kids, I get scared if I hear noises.”
Ms Karadag said she was heartbroken to hear of the recent death of Ashling Murphy.
She said: “I know how she feels because I thought: ‘Now I’m going to die and this is what it feels like to die and I’ll never see my children again and I’m really scared’ .”
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