Garda jailed for three years for coercive control of terminally ill partner and branded ‘beyond evil’
- 16:03, 26 Jul 2022
- Updated: 16:18, 26 Jul 2022
A SERVING garda has been jailed for three years and three months for the coercive control of his terminally ill partner.
Paul Moody, 42, who was stationed at Irishtown Garda Station in Dublin and is currently on suspension, was branded “evil” by his 43-year-old victim.
The woman told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in a victim impact statement how Moody had visited her in hospital and told her he was there to “watch you bleed to death”.
The court heard that Moody had harassed, threatened, assaulted, stole from and controlled the woman for over four years after they met online in 2017.
He sent the woman over 30,000 messages over those years and in one 14-hour period, in July 2018, sent her 652 messages, amounting to one message every 90 seconds.
In one message he described her as being “riddled with cancer”, in another, while she was on holiday without him, he said he hoped she would “get raped and bleed”.
He also threatened to stick a knife in her in one voice message. He also took photos of her naked, unbeknownst to her and threatened to post them online.
Moody of St Rapheals Manor, Celbridge, Kildare, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to a charge of coercive control in relation to the woman on dates between January 1, 2019 and November 30, 2020.
The law for the offence came into effect in January 2019.
Sentencing him today Judge Martin Nolan noted that the maximum sentence available to the court for this offence is five years.
He said Moody’s behaviour was at the highest end of the offence but the court had to take Moody’s guilty plea into consideration.
He reduced a five year headline sentence to three years and three months.
The guilty plea was accepted on the basis of full facts in relation to a further 19 counts including harassment, assault causing harm, criminal damage, threats to cause criminal damage, endangerment, theft and threats to kill.
Moody – who joined the gardai in 2000 – was suspended from duty in March 2021 and his lawyer told the court that he will now resign.
‘The woman took to the stand to read her victim impact statement in which she outlined how, after an initial normal relationship with a “charming” and “funny” man, he “slowly and surely” broke her down.
She said: “I was not just fighting cancer. I was up against a monster who would take away any chance I had of surviving.”
She also described him stealing her cancer medication, knowing that she couldn’t afford to replace it.
She told the court how the “last straw” was when he visited her in hospital and told her he’d come to “watch you bleed to death”
She said: “He was beyond evil with his words.”
Judge Nolan had adjourned the case overnight on Monday while he considered an application for a psychological report but today he proceeded with sentencing after deciding it was not necessary.