Limerick man sentenced to three years in prison for bus stop stabbing

David Hurley

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David Hurley

A HEROIN addict who repeatedly stabbed another man in the face while he was sleeping at a bus stop was sentenced to three years prison sentence this Wednesday.

A HEROIN addict who repeatedly stabbed another man in the face while he was sleeping at a bus stop was sentenced to three years prison sentence this Wednesday.

Damien O’Brien, 25, of St Munchin’s Street, St Mary’s Park pleaded guilty, at Limerick Circuit Court, to assaulting the Christopher Grace causing him harm at Mulgrave Street on April 7, last.

The defendant, who has more than 100 previous convictions, admitted committing the offence during a drink and drug fuelled attack, telling gardai “I want to do life” [in prison] and that he had “a bit of shit in my head” on the day in question.

During a sentencing hearing, Judge Carroll Moran was told O’Brien was intoxicated as he had consumed “a couple of cans” on the day of the offence as well as “40 or 50 Up-Johns”.

The injured man, who was stabbed a number of times with a kitchen knife, sustained several cuts and lacerations around his neck and face but that he did not sustain any permanent scarring.

The victim, the court heard, had fallen asleep in a corner of the bus shelter, after consuming a “copious amount of alcohol” earlier in the day.

The judge imposed a four year prison sentence but he suspended the final year.