A SAINT Mary’s Park who attacked another man with a slash hook was sentenced to seven years imprisonment.
Following a trial, which was heard before Christmas, Michael ‘knapp’ Ryan, aged 25, of St Munchin’s Street was convicted of “intentionally or recklessly” causing serious harm to David ‘Bunter’ Moran at St Colmcille Street, St Mary’s Park during the early hours of October 21, 2012.
Mr Moran (35) sustained a fractured skull, a small brain haemorrhage as well as cuts to his ear and the back of his head.
The jury was told that in a statement, which was made in the car park of University Hospital, Limerick Mr Moran 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, Ryan emerged from his home, which was located nearby, and hit him with a slash hook.
The defendant told gardai he had acted in self defence but this was rejected by the jury.
During a sentencing hearing, John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, said the defendant, who has a number of serious criminal convictions, has a “propensity for violence”.
Brian McInerney BL said his client suffers from addiction problems and comes from a difficult family background. He told the court that Ryan, who has no formal education, accepted the verdict of the jury and wished to apologise for his actions.
Imposing sentence, Judge Carroll Moran said the matter was “very serious” given Mr Ryan’s previous convictions.
He said Mr Moran has sustained “horrendous” in the attack, which he said could have proved lethal or fatal.
He imposed a seven year prison sentence, which he back-dated to October 23, 2012 - the date Ryan was first arrested.