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Keady man facing jail after beating ex-partner like ‘a punch bag’

The 24-year-old denied even being at the house on the night in question

Dungannon Court

A Co Armagh man is facing a lengthy period behind bars after being found guilty of seriously assaulting his former partner.

Thomas Shane Maughan, 24, of Fairgreen Avenue, Keady appeared before Dungannon Magistrates’ Court accused of assaulting the woman, causing her actual bodily harm on August 25, last year.

The court heard how Maughan arrived at the victim’s Coalisland home around 10.30pm in a drunken and aggressive state.

Later that night the 24-year-old shouted expletives at the woman, calling her a whore before smashing a vase over her head.

He then repeatedly punched and kicked her, causing her injuries all over her body.

The woman, who can’t be named for legal reasons, told the court how she had been used like a “punch bag” during the prolonged and terrifying assault.

Maughan, who pled not guilty from the outset, denied even being at her house and that his mother brought him food just before midnight on the evening in question.

Despite sitting in the public gallery, his mother was not called forward by the defence.

District Judge John Meehan convicted Maughan of the offence.

The case was adjourned for pre-sentence reports, with Maughan due back on February 14.

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