Man jailed over frenzied attack at Limerick party that left victim with 11 stab wounds

David Hurley

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David Hurley

The court heard the victim sustained 11 stab wounds to his legs and torso and was treated at University Hospital Limerick for two days

The court heard the victim sustained 11 stab wounds to his legs and torso and was treated at University Hospital Limerick for two days

A LIMERICK man who stabbed another man nearly a dozen times during a frenzied attack in while he slept has been jailed for two years.

Adam Casey, 22, of Main Street, Dromkeen had pleaded guilty to assaulting the man during an incident at a house in Bruff in the early hours of March 26, 2017.

During a sentencing hearing last year, Garda Marguerite Wright told Limerick Circuit Court the victim, also aged in his 20s, had attended a house party the previous night and had gone to bed at around 5.30am.

He was woken a short time later by Mr Casey who was standing over him and stabbing him with a scissors.

A woman who was also in the bedroom was screaming and managed to push the defendant out before raising the alarm with other occupant of the house.

The victim sustained 11 stab wounds to his legs and torso and was treated at University Hospital Limerick for two days.

While none of his organs were impacted, a medical report confirmed his injuries could have been fatal had he not been treated quickly.

The victim told gardai he did not know why he had been stabbed and it was later established the defendant had become irate when he saw him in bed with a woman who he had kissed earlier during the party.

Garda Wright said the woman was not in a relationship with either of the men and there was no suggestion of any sexual activity on the night.

She said  CCTV was obtained during the investigation and that a large scissors was recovered in a recycling bin outside the house where the incident happened.

In a victim impact statement, the victim said he is ashamed of the scars on his body and that his life has not been the same since.

He has been prescribed sleeping tablets and can no longer stay overnight at other houses.

Barrister Eimear Carey said her client, who has no history of violence, had been drinking and that what happened was “moment of romance which turned into a moment of madness”.

She said he had “lost the run of himself” and accepts he is lucky not to be facing more serious charges.

Imposing sentence, Judge Tom O’Donnell accepted what happened was an aberration and out of character for Mr Casey.

However, noting the contents of a probation report he said the defendant does not appear to “grasp the seriousness of the injuries he inflicted” and is at moderate risk of reoffending.

He said Mr Casey’s level of culpability was at a high level and he described what happened as a “savage, brutal and unprovoked attack”.

The judge said the defendant’s admissions, guilty plea and his good work ethic were mitigating factors but that there had to be a custodial element to any sentence.

He imposed a three year prison sentence, suspending the final 12 months for three years.