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Dublin criminal jailed for attack
12 Feb 2016 17:05
A well-known Dublin criminal has been jailed for three years for attacking a woman who was walking home alone from a night out with friends.
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Jeffrey Mitchell, 44, from Cabra Park dragged the woman backwards from the footpath along the Royal Canal before she managed to get free and seek help from a taxi driver.
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Judge Martin Nolan said he could only imagine what was going through the woman's mind during the assault and she probably feared the worst.
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The woman left McGowan's Pub in Phibsboro at about 3am on 8 February 2013.
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She was making her way towards the Royal Canal when she was grabbed around the neck from behind and dragged from the footpath towards the water
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Mitchell told the woman if she kept moving he would throw her into the canal but she kept fighting as he tried to pull her backwards.
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She managed to get free and ran screaming to the main road where she flagged down a taxi driver.
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Gardaí identified Mitchell from CCTV footage and tracked him leaving a fast food outlet just after the woman passed on the opposite side of the road to where the attack took place.
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He claimed he had drunk 30 vodkas and could not remember the attack.
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The victim said she has since been crippled with anxiety and suffered flash backs.
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She said she no longer felt safe and did not know if she would ever feel safe.
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Mitchell has 70 previous convictions including assault, robbery, possession of a firearm and handling stolen property.
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Judge Nolan said it was extremely frightening attack and jailed him for three years.
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