Sentence will be handed down next month on a man who pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of a woman in Co Roscommon last year.

At the Central Criminal Court yesterday, a young mother said someone  must have been looking over her the day that her ex-boyfriend’s gun repeatedly jammed as he tried to shoot her in the face.

39-year old Gerard Mooney of no fixed abode but with a previous address in Castlerea was before the court yesterday for his sentence hearing.

His barrister said that,  ‘but for the good grace and intervention of another power’, he may have faced a more serious charge than the attempted murder to which he had pleaded guilty.

Father of three Gerard Mooney has pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of 28-year old Stephanie Clifton on February 12th 2017 at Cartron, Co Roscommon and to a number of related charges.

 

The court heard that Gerard Mooney and his brother, originally from Dublin, had moved to Castlerea and he had been living in a car at the time.

Defence counsel Michael Bowman told Mr Justice Michael White that the offence was ‘a consequence of jealousy and an inability to accept that the relationship had collapsed’.

Justice White remanded the accused in custody until January 18th, when he will hand down sentence.

 

 

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