Limerick court hears woman 'pulled peeler from her bra' during fight

David Hurley


David Hurley

Limerick court hears woman 'pulled peeler from her bra' during fight

A MAN stabbed another man with a blade during a fight which broke out on a Limerick public street in broad daylight.

Keith Garrihy, aged 21, who has an address at Beechgrove, Newmarket on Fergus has pleaded guilty to a charge of violent disorder relating an incident at Mungret Street on October 18, 2016.

Detective Garda Neil O’Gorman told Limerick Circuit Court gardai were alerted to a disturbance at around 2.40pm and that when they arrived they observed two groups of people “engaged in a violent encounter”.

He went on to describe what happened as a “battle” adding that several members of the public, including young children, were present in the area at the time.

Detective Garda O’Gorman told John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, there was a domestic element to the fight and that another man sustained a number of stab wounds to his stomach and shoulder.

Judge Tom O’Donnell was told a woman who is not before the court, can been seen on CCTV producing a potato peeler from her bra and striking the victim across the heard during the incident.

Mr O’Sullivan said the man’s injuries could have been a lot worse and that Mr Garrihy was lucky not to be facing more serious charges.

”Whatever the difficulties, nothing could justify what happened,” he said.

Emer Carey BL said her client, who has a number of previous convictions,  has had addiction problems in the past but that he is now off drugs.

She asked that a psychiatric report be prepared for the court before sentence is imposed.

Judge O’Donnell agreed and he adjourned the matter to March 23, next.

Mr Garrihy has also pleaded guilty to robbery charges relating to a separate incident on October 16, 2016.

The court has heard that two young men were set upon while walking near Clare Street at around 10pm.

One of the men was threatened with a hammer while a knife was pulled on the second man who was forced to hand over his phone and wallet.

Another man, not before the court, was also involved in the incident.