Limerick youth jailed for slashing man across face over €200 debt

Pearce Doran was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment at Limerick Circuit Court

Pearce Doran was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment at Limerick Circuit Court

A LIMERICK youth who slashed a man across the face with a Stanley knife, leaving him with a permanent scar, has been jailed for five years.

Pearce Doran, aged 20, of Altamira Court, Thomondgate has admitted attacking the victim over a small debt which he owed.

Garda David Nolan told Limerick Circuit Court, the incident happened at a house at Shelbourne Terrace, Thomondgate shortly after 4.30pm on June 5, 2016 when the defendant and a number of other youths forced their way into the house and attacked the man.

The now 34-year-old was slashed across his face and sustained a 10cm laceration on his left check.

Garda Nolan told John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, there was “blood everywhere” when  gardai arrived and that it was clear the victim has sustained a serious injury..

Following his arrest, Doran made admissions telling gardai he was owed €200 and that he had attacked the victim over the “principal of it”.

Mr O’Sullivan, instructed by State Solicitor Padraig Mawe, said the victim sustained a “most significant and disfiguring scar” and that the DPP was of the view that the offence is within the middle range of the scale.

In a Victim Impact Statement, the injured party said Doran had taken advantage of his vulnerability and that what happened would stay with him forever.

Mark Nicholas SC, told the court his client had been drinking prior to the incident and that things had “gotten out of control”.

He said Doran, who has a number of previous convictions having fallen into criminality as a teenager.

He said his client had a difficult upbringing and that has difficulties with drugs and alcohol.

Imposing sentence, Judge Tom O’Donnell said it was worrying that Doran appears to go off the rails when left to his own devices and that there is a high risk of him rooffending.

He said the violence perpetrated the use of a weapon and the motivation for the attack were aggravating factors in the case.

The judge said he was also noting the defendant’s lack of maturity, his age and the challenges he faces in life.

He imposed a six year prison sentence, suspending the final 12 months.

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