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Thug (34) who claimed his girlfriend stabbed herself gets jailed for her manslaughter




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A 34-year-old man convicted of manslaughter over the death of his partner, after she claimed she stabbed herself, has been jailed for 12-and-a-half years, reports RTE.

Martin Hayes, of Puddle Close, Crumlin, Dublin, pleaded not guilty to murdering Amadia McDermott at her home in Rathvale Drive, Airfield, Coolock, in July 2017.

He was not convicted of murder but was found guilty of manslaughter in a trial earlier this month.

Judge Paul McDermott said Hayes had shown no remorse for the killing and evidence given at trial showed he was prone to violence, reports RTE.

The judge said Hayes was “violent in language and behaviour” and self-deprecating in the way he treated his partner and mother of the child.

During the trial, Hayes, who worked as a gravedigger, admitted using violence against a 27-year-old woman and told the jury he used a hidden app to track and access information on his partner’s phone.

The court heard the couple’s relationship was “difficult, volatile and violent,” reports RTE.

Judge McDermott said Hayes had tracked Ms McDermott’s phone and was determined to trace every communication and content.

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