Man bit off top of vic­tim’s ears, cit­ing sex act with sis­ter

Irish Examiner - - News - Stephen Maguire

A man bit the ears of f an­other man and claimed he had caught him try­ing to per­form a sex­ual act with his sis­ter.

An­thony Dempsey, aged 24, ap­peared at Let­terkenny Dis­trict Court in Co Done­gal where he pleaded guilty to an as­sault on John Kelly.

Gar­daí were alerted to the bru­tal at­tack when a woman no­ticed a man on the up­stairs win­dow ledge of a house at St Eu­nan’s Ter­race in Let­terkenny on Novem­ber 5 last year. The man had a blood­ied face and was in a distressed state, as an­other man tried to pull him back into the house. Them an man­aged to run away and was taken into an­other house by two women.

The women con­tacted gar­daí, who found Mr Kelly in a distressed and emo­tional state. He was rock­ing back and forth, was bleed­ing heav­ily, was in a lot of pain, and the tops of his two ears were miss­ing.

Gar­daí called to the house where Mr Kelly was first seen and Dempsey an­swered the door. Garda Gerry Fee said it was ob­vi­ous that Dempsey had washed his face and that there had been blood splat­tered on the walls, but they had been wiped in an at­tempt to hide it.

He said ev­ery­one in the house was un­der the in­flu­ence of an in­tox­i­cant and that Dempsey had be­come ag­i­tated and had punched the wall and work­top. He was ar­rested, but was ini­tially un­fit to be in­ter­viewed.

He later ad­mit­ted punch­ing Mr Kelly in the face and body, but de­nied bit­ing off his ears. He said the rea­son for the at­tack was be­cause he caught Kelly mas­tur­bat­ing over his sleep­ing sis­ter.

Garda Fee said he did not be­lieve Dempsey’s sis­ter was in the room or that Mr Kelly had mas­tur­bated over her.

Dempsey and Mr Kelly had first met a year ear­lier when both were un­der­go­ing a drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme in Tul­lam­ore. Dempsey sug­gested that when they com­pleted the course, they should travel to Done­gal and stay with his sis­ter.

Judge John Aylmer said he needed time to think about the sen­tence and he ad­journed the case un­til next Wed­nes­day.

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