Three year sentence handed down over Limerick stabbing incident

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Limerick Courthouse
A YOUNG man who violently attacked another man after he allowed him into his home was sentenced to three years imprisonment.

A YOUNG man who violently attacked another man after he allowed him into his home was sentenced to three years imprisonment.

Dean Hayes, aged 25, of Lee Estate pleaded guilty to assaulting the man causing him harm during an incident at Mary Street in the early hours of May 4, 2012.

At Limerick Circuit Court, Hayes also pleaded guilty to theft and robbery charges relating to the same incident.

John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, said the 30 year old victim had acted “out of the goodness of his heart” prior to the incident by allowed Hayes and two women with a child in a buggy into his home.

However, the court heard that while the women distracted the victim Hayes went upstairs to try and steal property from the house.

When confronted by the occupant, Hayes produced a knife and demanded money but then proceeded to stab the man a number of times - in the stomach, face leg and back.

After he was stabbed, the man ran from his home bleeding heavily.

His rented home was on fire when he returned sometime later.

Mr O’Sullivan said the victim drifted in and out of consciousness and was taken to hospital by ambulance after he was found slumped on the ground at his home.

Following his arrest, Hayes said he had been taking tablets and drinking vodka that day and he tried to blame an unnamed party for the attack.

The court heard he abuses drugs and alcohol and his criminal record includes theft, burglary, robbery and possession of knives charges.

Mr O’Sullivan said he is “a man with a propensity to commit violence.”

Judge Carroll Moran said Hayes could have killed the victim.

He imposed a five year prison sentence, suspending the final two years.