James Boles who was given a wholly suspended sentence for weekly attacks on his partner. He had dragged her by the hair, slammed her head, pushed his fist into her face and screamed abuse at her while subjecting her to “appalling” coercive control.
Boles will now be sent to jail after a successful appeal by the State.
The Sunday World is reporting how at Trim Circuit Court in January of this year, James ‘Jake’ Boles was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, fully suspended, by Judge Orla Crowe for one count of coercive control and five counts of assault causing harm to his then partner at two addresses in Ratoath, Co Meath, between January 1, 2019 and April 5, 2019.
His victim (22) waived her anonymity so that Boles (24) of Rathborne Avenue, Ashtown, Dublin 15, can be named.
At the Court of Appeal on Friday, Mr Justice John Edwards said the court would re-sentence Boles to one year in jail having regard to the nature and frequency of the assaults, which he said inflicted “egregious” psychological and emotional abuse on the victim.
Mr Justice Edwards said the three-judge court found that the trial judge had erred in fully suspending the sentence, in what was a departure from the norm.
At a previous hearing of the Court of Appeal Carl Hanahoe BL, for the State, submitted that the sentence was unduly lenient due to the level of physical violence involved, the period over which the offences occurred, the nature and frequency of the violence, the restraint and humiliation of the complainant and the impact the offending had on her.