Woman beaten by ex-boyfriend awarded [euro]150k; Victim 'severely damaged' after attack by her kids' dad.
Byline: AODHAN O FAOLAIN
A WOMAN who was severely beaten by the father of her two children has been awarded [euro]150,000 against him in damages.
Former soldier Jonathan McSherry, 36, accepted he broke nearly every bone in Jessica Bowes' face and kicked her a number of times.
The High Court heard he had apologised and served 22 months of a three-and-a-half year prison sentence for the assault on December 20, 2015.
McSherry attacked her after she arrived in a taxi with others at her home in Clondalkin, West Dublin, after a Christmas night out.
CCTV footage showed him dragging her from the vehicle, punching, kicking and dragging her along the ground.
Jessica lost consciousness twice in the attack before she managed to crawl into a neighbour's house.
In her civil action, she told the court she was headbutted by McSherry and described his actions as "if he were hunting".
Jessica was left unable to fully close her lips due to the damage and felt her face appeared deformed.
Doctors also had to insert a metal plate through her mouth to align the facial bones.
As a result of the attack Jessica was described by psychologists as severely damaged and vulnerable.
She also suffered post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic anxiety, nightmares and is fearful for the safety of herself and her children.
The court heard McSherry, formerly of Cedarbrook Walk, West Dublin, had to leave the Army after the attack and had launched his own business as no one would employ him.
He said he spent seven months in a drug addiction centre and had been released early from jail to take part in an Alcoholics Anonymous course.
McSherry was also supported by a group helping men overcome violence.
Ms Justice Bronagh O'Hanlon was told his admissions and apology did not come immediately.
It was not the function of the civil court to punish the defendant but rather to assess the appropriate measure of damages.
The court heard he owns two properties in Cavan, one of which he transferred into his mother's name in 2017.
The judge noted the steps McSherry had taken to rehabilitate himself but they did not reduce the level of damages Ms Bowes should receive.
court action Jessica Bowes at the Four Courts
CAMPAIGN Jessica at domestic violence event
INJURIES Victim's face was smashed
ASSAULT McSherry and victim
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Mar 7, 2019|
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