Violent thug bit pregnant girlfriend on face and threatened to burn down her home – World News


A brave woman who was assaulted, harassed and terrorised by her ex-partner has revealed her identity to help other domestic abuse victims speak out.

Danielle Powell was even bitten in the face by Dylan Fogarty while she was pregnant during one of his cowardly, vicious attacks in Clondalkin, Dublin, in October 2018.

The 26-year-old thug, who has five previous convictions, carried out the violent act before flinging pregnant Ms Powell across the room of the house when he turned up after a drinking session at a pub.

The twisted attacker also admitted assaulting Ms Powell in his home in April 2019 and also pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to a plasterboard wall in his ex-partner’s house in June of the same year, Dublin Live reports.

The court heard that Ms Powell described Fogarty as controlling after she moved in with him.

Danielle Powell hopes by making her ordeal public she can help other victims
Danielle Powell hopes by making her ordeal public she can help other victims

She also said his aggression was heightened by drink and drug problems.

In addition to his violent attacks Fogarty also harassed Ms Powell on various occasions on dates between April and November 2019.

The court heard she received a series of threatening phone calls from him and in one horrifying call he threatened to burn her and her mother’s home.

Ms Powell was terrified he would carry out his threats.

Fogarty beat a stranger and bit him in the neck during a drunk attack in November last year.

Fogarty has been jailed for three years
Fogarty has been jailed for three years

The court heard there was ‘a small altercation’ between the pair and the judge said Fogarty over reacted “to put it mildly”.

His male victim was returning home in the early hours of the morning when he saw a man arguing with someone.

He told the court that the next memory he had was being on the ground and yelling at a man to get off his neck.

Fogarty had bitten a piece of flesh off the man’s neck as well as punching him.

The victim suffered a fractured nose and was referred to a plastic surgeon.

Garda Gareth Mitchell and the defending Barrister Emmet Nolan BL were in agreement that the ordeal started because the victim had bumped against Fogarty’s companion slightly.

Judge Martin Nolan sentenced Fogarty for three years for his attack on Ms Powell.

He was also jailed for three years for assaulting the man with both sentences to run concurrently.

Fogarty has also been banned from contacting his former partner for 10 years.

If you are a victim of domestic abuse you can seek help and support by calling the 24-hour free National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 24.


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