Limerick man guilty over slash hook attack

Michael 'Knapp' Ryan was sentenced to four years imprisonment

Michael 'Knapp' Ryan was sentenced to four years imprisonment


A SAINT Mary’s Park man will be sentenced on Thursday after he was convicted of attacking another man with a slash hook.

Michael ‘knapp’ Ryan, aged 24, of St Munchin’s Street had pleaded not guilty to “intentionally or recklessly” causing serious injury to David ‘Bunter’ Moran during an incident at St Colmcille Street, St Mary’s Park on October 21, 2012.

He also denied assaulting Mr Moran causing him harm on the same date.

During a five day trial at Limerick Circuit Court, the jury of five women and six men was told the incident happened at around 1.45am.

A medical report showed Mr Moran (35) sustained a fractured skull, a small brain haemorrhage as well as cuts to his ear and the back of his head.

While Mr Moran initially told gardai he had been attacked by three men, he later identified Michael Ryan, who the court heard he has known all his life, as his attacker.

In a statement, which was made in the car park of University Hospital, Limerick he told detectives Mr Ryan, had approached him on the street and headbutted him.

He told gardai he was knocked to the ground and that the accused man then started kicking him in the head before the fight was broken up. When Mr Moran confronted him a short time later, Mr Ryan emerged from his home and hit him with a slash hook.

The defendant told gardai he had acted in self defence claiming Mr Moran was armed with a meat cleaver and the handle of a chainsaw and had threatened his family.

In his evidence, Mr Moran denied making a statement to gardai and he told the jury he had sustained the injuries when his brother gave him “a slap of a plank”.

Following almost two hours of deliberations last evening, the jury returned unanimous guilty verdicts.

Mr Ryan did not react as the verdict was read out.

He will be sentenced by Judge Carroll Moran on Thursday.


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