A YOUNG man who stabbed a security guard in the leg over “some jelly babies and a chocolate bar” was sentenced to two and a half years imprisonment.
Ryan Kelly, aged 19, of no fixed abode pleaded guilty to assaulting the security guard, causing him harm, at Roxboro Shopping Centre on April 5, last.
During a sentencing hearing at Limerick Circuit Court, Judge Carroll Moran was told that Kelly was restrained by the injured party after he caught him stealing sweets and chocolate from the Tesco store at the shopping centre.
After being apprehended, in relation to the theft, Kelly reached into his pocket and struck the guard in his right thigh before fleeing.
John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, said it was only after Kelly had fled that the security guard realised he had been “stabbed in a most sneaky and underhand way.”
Garda Barry Moylan said the victim, who is in his late thirties, was “leaning against a wall and soaked in blood” when he arrived at the scene a short time later.
The court heard the victim, who sustained a “3cm slit-type wound” in this thigh has recovered physically but is still quite scarred mentally and has not returned to work since.
Garda Moylan said the defendant admitted carrying out the attack after his mother urged him to give himself up to gardai.
Brian McInerney BL said his client had a difficult family upbringing as his father left at a young age.
“He has lived at various addresses and and leads a chaotic lifestyle” he said.
He said Kelly, who has a number of previous convictions, could not explain his actions on the day and had expressed remorse.
He added his client needs “some form of assistance” as he suffers from Bipolar disorder.
Imposing sentence, Judge Moran said the “purposeless and casualness” of the offence was a “great worry”.
He was he was considering the contents of a letter written by the defendant as well as his admissions and guilty plea.
He imposed a four year prison sentence, suspending the final 18 months.
Kelly was also bound to the peace for five years.