Police officer sentenced to 3 years in prison for ‘vile’ campaign to coercively control terminally ill partner

A man has been sentenced after he inflicted “horrific violence” on his terminally ill partner while serving in the police.

village Mudi today was sentenced to three years and three months in prison for forced control.

The 43-year-old woman previously told the Dublin District Criminal Court how Moody told her that the only reason he visited her in the hospital was to “watch you bleed”.

She was giving a statement about her victim’s impact at a sentencing hearing for a 42-year-old man who harassed, threatened, assaulted, stole and controlled a woman for more than four years after they met online in 2017.

The court learned that over the years, the man sent more than 30,000 messages to the woman, and in one 14-hour period, in July 2018, he sent 652 messages to her, which is one message every 90 seconds.

The messages were described in court as threatening, nefarious and offensive. In one message, he described her as “cured of cancer”, in another, when she was on holiday without him, he said he hoped she would “be raped and bleed out”.

On another occasion, after they had an argument during a vacation together, he texted her the next morning and told her that she was “flaunting her body around the pool”, calling her a “thug” and a “scumbag”.

In one voicemail, a man threatened to stick a knife in her. He also took nude pictures of her, without her knowledge, and threatened to post them online.

Moody of St Raphael Manor, Celbridge, County Kildare, pleaded guilty in Dublin District Criminal Court to charges of coercive control of a woman in the state between 1 January 2019 and 30 November 2020. The offense came into force in January 2019.

In sentencing him on Tuesday, Judge Martin Nolan noted that the maximum sentence available to the court for this crime is five years. He said that Moody’s behavior was the highest degree of wrongdoing, but the court had to take Moody’s plea into account and reduced the five-year sentence to three years and three months.

He said that Moody had compiled a list of heinous and humiliating criminal acts. He said he abused his position as a security guard to obtain information, which he used to harass and humiliate the victim, and endangered her life by driving recklessly at one point.

Guilty pleas were made on the full facts of another 19 counts, including stalking, assault causing harm, criminal damage, threats of criminal harm, endangerment, theft, and death threats.

Moody joined the Guard in 2000 but was suspended in March 2021 following a search of his home as a result of that investigation. Sean Gillain SC, defending, told the court that his client would leave An Garda Síochána.

Detective Inspector Cormac Brennan told the Shane Costello Prosecution that an investigation was opened against the man after he complained about one of the woman’s relatives and handed over his phone so it could be examined in the context of the allegation.

The officers became concerned that there was an abusive relationship between him and the victim and arranged to meet with the woman. She later filed a 280-page complaint.

The book of evidence also includes 1GB of electronic data, a communication between him and the woman, which the lawyer says equates to 33,000 pages of information, or nearly two volumes of the Encyclopædia Britannica.

The woman approached the podium to read her victim statement, in which she described how, after an initial normal relationship with a “charming” and “funny” man, he “slowly and surely” broke her.

“I fought more than just cancer. I faced a monster that robbed me of all chances of survival,” she said.

She said she couldn’t fight cancer and fight it. “I always thought that if I got better, I could get away from him,” she said.

“I believed so many times that he was going to kill me. I feel his weight on my body, he chokes me, pulls out my hair from the roots. I was afraid to show vulnerability, because that’s when he attacked me the most, ”the woman continued.

She said he knew how weak and ill she was from chemotherapy and described how he stole her cancer medication knowing she couldn’t afford to replace it.

She described an experience while driving to the hospital with Moody in the passenger seat. He began to insult her and she stopped to let him go. He then took her hospital bag with him.

He later ended up in the hospital. He told her that the only reason he was there was so he could “watch you bleed.” Moody started recording her, and she asked to be removed from the hospital.

“That was the last straw… he broke me that day,” she said.

The woman said she thought Moody knew what was going on in her head because he had access to her phone.

“I felt like my mind was shattered by glass. I no longer knew what was right and what was wrong, because he puzzled me, ”the woman continued.

She said she could no longer walk past security or the security section without feeling physically ill, and described how “the justice process has taken its toll”.

“My time is very valuable as I don’t know how much time I have left,” the woman said, before adding that the psychological abuse she suffered was worse than the abuse. “He was beyond evil in his own words.”

“I thought cancer was the worst thing that ever happened to me, but I think it’s worse than any cancer. I couldn’t take the pain and torture from this man any longer,” the woman said, before adding that she considered killing herself.

“He stole so much from me that I can’t get it back. I was ashamed of what I endure from him. Shame and judgment from other people allow the abuser to get away with so much,” the woman said.

“Women are afraid to speak the truth. I survived it with cancer so I want others to know they can too.” The woman concluded her statement by urging other people in a similar position to speak up.

On Monday, Judge Nolan adjourned the case overnight to allow him to consider Mr. Gillane’s motion to adjourn the case pending the preparation of a psychological report. He said that if he refused the reprieve, he would proceed with the sentencing.

The man was taken into custody pending this decision after a lawyer said his client was ready for bail to be lifted.

On Tuesday, Judge Nolan said a psychological detention was not necessary. “It is inconceivable to me that this would in any way change my decision by reason of the five-year maximum sentence,” the judge commented.

Mr. Gillain asked Judge Nolan to acknowledge that his client had given 20 years of service to An Garda Síochána, during which he had done good and hard work, but acknowledged that the man had “dishonoured himself and the organization.”

“Being a guard was what he always wanted to be and he considered it a great accomplishment and very, very important to him.” He added that it was an integral part of his personality and sense of self, ”he said.

Mr Gillain said there was nothing in his client’s work and upbringing “personally, professionally or otherwise” that could “suspect or infer” that he would be sued for anything. as upsetting or serious as it is.

The lawyer said his client had long-standing unresolved mental health issues, including depression and anxiety, and said he was referred to a GP for help as a teenager.

“People may try to keep the cork on the bottle for a while, may act both professionally and socially, which may not cause concern, but in the end the cork falls out of the bottle and long overdue problems arise,” Mr. Gillain. said. He added that in this case, the problems that arose contributed to the devastating consequences for the victim.

He asked Judge Nolan to take into account the fact that his client pleaded guilty, said he was responsible for what he did, and there is a public admission of what he did.

Mr. Gillain said his client was “in no way wrong” before the crime and is now “deprived of everything that was important to him.”

Speaking on the steps of the criminal court, Detective Inspector Cormac Brennan said he would like to commend the applicant’s exceptional bravery and courage.

“We want to thank you for speaking up and telling your story. You can be proud of your great personal courage, self-respect and resilience. through with your case.

“You showed every other person in an abusive and controlling relationship that when the abusive partner says no one will believe you, they are wrong.”

He said coercive control was a humiliating act of control that could be overwhelming for the victim.

“Coercive control is associated with power, with the isolation of a partner, the destruction of this person, with the vile humiliating domination of control. a profession or a respected position in society, such as in this case a member of An Garda Siochana.”

He encouraged anyone who has been in an abusive relationship to take the first step and talk to someone about what is happening to them.

“To anyone in an abusive relationship, you have done nothing wrong. You don’t have to accept it. You are not alone. Please take the first step and talk to someone; friend, they believe you.

“Garda Siochana is committed to fighting domestic violence. It doesn’t matter who the rapist is. If you contact us, you will be treated with empathy, professionalism and respect. with your individual case. Please take that first step and talk to someone today.”

The detective also acknowledged the professionalism of the police investigation team and the legal team in investigating and prosecuting this case, as well as the judicial service and support teams that assisted in this case.