A MAN with an artificial limb who stabbed his friend at a party in Castleconnell on New Year’s day because he envied his situation in life has been jailed for two years.
Vincent Leamy, 42, who resided in Castleconnell at the time and more recently in Pineview Gardens, Moyross, admitted attacking his friend after consuming a large amount of alcohol and a number of Xanax tablets, or relaxants, “chased down by a few mouthfuls of Bacardi” on January 1, 2011.
The court heard that this “unprovoked attack” on that night in Scanlon Park, Castleconnell, has “irrevocably fractured a 20-year friendship” between both men.
He pleaded guilty to assault causing harm after he hit and kicked his friend in the jaw, sliced his hand with a short blade knife, and stabbed him in the side.
He had been in the house with the victim, the victim’s partner and their four children, but hours later he voluntarily went to the garda station the next day to admit the attack.
The victim had tried to quell rising tensions, and walked him to the front door, when Leamy stuck his face into his forehead and said ‘I’ll fix you’.
He then produced a blade and stabbed him a number of times, before kicking him as he lay on the drive-way.
The victim collapsed on the kitchen floor, and later went to bed -believing that he was suffering from a bad hangover and unaware that he had been stabbed - until his partner found him bleeding in the morning and an ambulance was called.
He was in hospital for four days, and has since made a full recovery.
The defendant took his friend’s mobile phone by mistake while leaving the house, and sent a number of texts the next day to his friend’s partner phone, apologising for what has happened, saying ‘Are you okay? Sorry mate’.
During the last hearing, he was ordered by the judge to stay away from alcohol and illegal drugs for a year pending a review of the case.
However, Limerick Circuit Court was told that since then he has been charged in relation to four different offences of selling drugs.
Brian McInerney, for the defence, attempted to maintain that peddling drugs was not the same as taking drugs - a view rejected by Judge Carroll Moran, who said that it was even more serious.
The defence earlier described the case as an advertisement for abstinence and responsible consumption of alcohol, and said his client “went through a bad patch after separating from his partner”.
“They were two people in a long standing friendship, and things got out of hand. Everybody had consumed a vast quantity of alcohol. It was a unique set of events, and there has been no repitition of this offence,” said Mr McInerney.
He continued: “I don’t think anyone can recall what is started over.”
The Judge recalled that according to his notes on the case it was due to the accused being jealous of the injured party’s lifestyle.
Judge Moran said the victim was “lucky to have not suffered more serious injuries”, and said “the use of the knife was unprovoked”.
In mitigation, he recognised Leamy’s plea of guilty, and his “genuine remorse”
He was jailed for three years from Friday last, with one year suspended.
He has been bound to the peace for those three years.