On Wednesday, Judge Martin Nolan sentenced Mark Jordan (39) to two-and-a-half years in prison for the violent assault that left permanent scarring on his ex-girlfriend’s face. His ex, American journalist Jane Ruffino, recalls that during the assault she feared for her life, and she has shared photos of the clump of hair he pulled out of her head and the significant amount blood left in their bedroom following the assault.
However, the judge also suspended the sentence, provided Celbridge-native Mark Jordan pay the woman he violently assaulted €5000 over the next two years.
She told the court that he suddenly went quiet, got out of bed, put her in a headlock and began punching her in the head.
She was screaming and trying to get away as he screamed obscenities and abuse at her. Ms Ruffino said she feared she would be killed.
Not the only one
This is not the first time this judge’s sentencing has attracted attention this year. Only a month ago, 29-year-old rapist Graham Griffiths plead guilty to violently raping a 17-year-old girl in Dublin.
The court heard that Griffiths first approached the girl in a chip shop in a Dublin suburb but she pushed him away. He then grabbed her a second time on the street outside but she got away again before he grabbed her a third time.
This time he pushed her against railings and sexually assaulted her before he dragged her to the ground by her hair and pinned her by lying on top of her.
Griffiths ripped the girl’s clothes in an effort to get them off her. During the attack her male friend was trying to get him off the victim.
In the case of rapist Graham Griffiths, the four year sentence was also suspended. He was asked to pay the teenager he raped €15000. He has four previous convictions for assault.
This is the same judge who sentenced a man to 4 years in prison for exaggerating his expenses to the tune of €116k.
Which is worse?
I don’t know about you, but I’d prefer the guy who defrauded Tesco or the guy who evaded millions in tax still be on the street (and paying a substantial fine & restitution), but they both received custodial sentences, as opposed to the two violent criminals Mark Jordan and Graham Griffiths who are free to drink in the pub next to me. Both of these men are unquestionably guilty of intentionally causing significant harm to women.
Both of them used the argument that they couldn’t help themselves.
If rapist Graham Griffiths and girlfriend beater Mark Jordan couldn’t help it, why aren’t they being kept somewhere where armed guards can help them resist the overwhelming temptation to assault women?