Long after his sentence is completed, I hope everyone in the country recognizes Paul Moody for who he is and what he has done.

Some men care more about their reputation than the lives of women.

Days after the Paul Moody case, the story of the ex-Garda who tortured a terminal cancer patient through a relentless campaign of heinous abuse, I was thinking a lot about men who sought respect rather than acknowledgment. try to find. Perhaps failing to earn it on his own.

Recalling examples of Moody’s scare tactics, the newsreader whitewashed my knuckles and made my belly drop. How he left his ailing victim stranded on a beach, from where he had to crawl home. Stealing his expensive cancer medicine. Sitting by her hospital bed, vicious and violent thoughts were spitting in her ear. The hatred he felt for her, and the determination he had to make her suffer and ruin his life.

For those of us who had the privilege of not knowing Moody, he introduced us to a character who was undeniably monstrous. But along the lines of this horrifying story we get to know little about the other Moody, the false version of himself that this despicable abuser would have worked so hard to present to the world.

We learned of Garda’s coworker who was manipulated into leading her victim to Moody when he tried to call the Garda station to sound an alarm about her. We heard about how he, an insider who may have been trading unfairly, was able to manipulate the system not only against the victim but also against those close to him.

There is no doubt that people who were close to Moody, or who worked with him, have probably spent very hard days trying to reconcile the person they knew with the person they knew. I have all read in the news. But we also know from his brave hunt that there were people in Moody’s life who stood by him knowing what he did, even after all the evidence he could have needed to see that How is he really?

Abusers are often master manipulators, who sometimes but not always use big, pompous personalities as a spectacular disguise. How many times has a woman been murdered in Ireland, only to fail her memory of the good character of the “pillar of community” for her own town or village that killed her?

I wonder what exactly it was that Paul Moody was called to serve in the Garde. Do we think it was a desire to protect the public? Or do we think it might just be a desire to protect ourselves? Moody chose a profession that covered him with respect. His uniform was a dress. When Moody was dressed as a garde, he was dressed as someone the rest of us were expected to respect.

What matters to such abusers is often not the damage they do to others, but the damage they do to their reputation. For this reason, I wonder how much justice we can expect from Paul Moody’s conviction.

Coercive control is not a crime, it is a crusade. The most brutal, relentless harassment requires a kind of devotion on the part of the abuser that ultimately kills the victim in hellish isolation. Although we mean well, I often feel that it is a mistake to quantify the loss of control coercively through the impact statements of the victims. I think men – and this is mostly men – attempts to deprive women of their freedom and control of their lives by force should always be seen as a deviation from the values ​​we hold as a society. It’s a complete curse.

So considering the effort requiring coercive control, do we think that the current maximum sentence of five years is an appropriate punishment for that kind of offence? I am well convinced that even if they were given the maximum punishment, there would be abusers who would spend less time in prison than they spent carrying out their evil crusade of suffering and torture.

So I found it hard to feel that the three years and three months assigned to Moody actually matched his crimes. I don’t have enough faith in a sentence to feel that Short can ever replace or improve someone who is capable of doing what he did.

But what I’d love better would be for Paul Moody to be infamous. Just three years into the criminalization of coercive control, I firmly believe that his crimes should remain one of the most infamous examples of why this law is needed. Long, long, long time after his sentence was completed, I hope everyone in the country recognizes Paul Moody for who he is – and what he has done. Let’s make sure Paul Moody finally has the kind of reputation he really deserves.