A garda who tortured and terrorised a woman ill with cancer has been sentenced to three-and-a-quarter-years in prison.

Paul Moody, who was stationed at Irishtown Garda Station in Dublin, pleaded guilty to a charge of coercive control of the woman.

Nineteen other charges, including assault, theft, criminal damage and a threat to kill the woman, were taken into account.

An Garda Síochána has confirmed this evening that Moody is no longer a member of the force.

The 42-year-old garda beat, kicked, punched and choked the woman over a two-and-a-half-year period.

He also sent her over 31,000 threatening, abusive, degrading and demeaning texts and phone communications, told her he hoped she would “die of cancer” and “die in pain” and threatened to kill her.

Unbeknownst to her he also took pictures of her naked and threatened to circulate them online.

He stole her cancer medication and the woman told the court she could not afford to replace it.

He turned up at a hospital she was in and told her he only came to watch her “bleed to death”.