A LIMERICK city man who stabbed another man several times during a “ferocious attack” was sentenced to three years imprisonment.
Declan Lysaght, aged 26, who has an address at Russell Lane, Broad Street was convicted last month of assaulting Damien Keane causing him harm on December 13, 2010.
The defendant, who is also known as Declan Price, was also convicted by a jury of producing a knife during the incident, which happened at Mr Keane’s home - also at Russell Lane.
During a three-day trial at Limerick Circuit Court, evidence was heard that when Lysaght and another man burst into Mr Keane’s apartment, he wedged himself behind his bedroom door as he believed he was going to be killed.
The jury was told the door, which he used to protect himself was almost “shredded” by the culprits as they repeatedly tried to stab him through it.
Medical evidence showed the injured party sustained three stab wounds during the attack, including one to his kidney, which could have proved fatal.
The court heard he also sustained defensive wounds to his hands and arms.
The bedroom door, which was produced as evidence during the trial, was blood stained and had 19 holes resulting from the incident.
Imposing sentence, Judge Carroll Moran said an aggravating factor in the case was the ferocity of the attack.
“This was borne out by the shredded condition of the door which Mr Keane used to protect himself,” he said.
The judge added that Mr Keane “was very lucky the consequences were not more serious or fatal.”