A cunning, devious and manipulative man who represents a significant threat to public was how Walter Morrissey was described by Judge George Bermingham.
The father-of-eight has a horrific litany of previous convictions which were read out in court.
On March 29, 1977 he was convicted of manslaughter in a case in which he drove over a man who was out walking with his son in Mullinahone, Co Tipperary. He believed this man was sleeping with his partner at the time. He received a four year jail term.
On September 4, 1980 he was convicted in a Liverpool court of a threat to kill and received a four year sentence.
On June 6, 1984 he was convicted in Bolton of possession of firearms. In 1997 he was convicted in the same court of unlawfully taking a child out of the UK and abducting an unmarried girl under the age of 16. He was sentenced to two years and five years.
On January 14 1999 at a court in Bolton he was convicted of seven counts of indecent assault of a female.
On Monday Walter Morrissey (aged 70) of Upper Bridge Street, Callan in Kilkenny was found guilty of leaving his former partner with life threatening injuries following an aggravated sexual assault at his home and sentenced to 13 years in prison.
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