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Ex-garda thug gets jailed for six years for ‘reprehensible’ domestic abuse

Over the course of a 12-year period, a 38-year-old former garda physically battered and verbally harassed his wife and her two children. He was sentenced to six years in prison, reports RTE.

While working as a garda, Mark Doyle entered a guilty plea to six counts of assault causing damage to his ex-wife and two stepchildren between 2008 and 2019.

From the outside, Maev Doyle’s ex-husband appeared to be “a respected member of the community but a monster in our home”.

His actions were deemed “reprehensible” by Judge Martin Nolan, who also stated that he needed to go to jail since he was out of control, reports RTE.

Doyle abused his wife and family for a decade and a half.

Before being suspended and eventually resigning, he worked as a garda in Dublin’s Cabra, Ronanstown, and Blanchardstown.

On multiple occasions, Doyle acknowledged hitting his wife on the side of the head, piercing her eardrum, slapping her, kicking her with boots while she was on the ground, throwing a chair at her, grabbing her by the hair, dragging her down the hallway, and strangling her, reports RTE.

She was attacked by him during her pregnancy as well.

Doyle also repeatedly accused her of being the cause of his aggression, telling her, “Look what you made me do, you just won’t stop.”

He also struck his grown-up stepchildren, reports RTE.

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