A SOUTHILL man who attacked several people while â€œprowlingâ€ the city centre late at night has been sentenced to a total of four years in prison.
Tony Kelly, 21, of Oâ€™Malley Park, Southill pleaded guilty at Limerick Circuit Court to charges of assault, robbery and theft.
During a sentencing hearing, Judge Carroll Moran was told the most serious of the offences happened in the early hours of May 14, 2011.
Det Garda Fergal Hanrahan said the defendant â€œaccostedâ€ a man near the Pery Hotel on Glenthworth Street at around 2.50am.
When the man resisted Kellyâ€™s attempts to take money from his pocket, the defendant slashed him in the face with a knife.
The victim, who was aged 21 at the time of the incident, sustained permanent scarring to the left side of his face.
â€œHe sustained a serious laceration under the eye,â€ said John Oâ€™Sullivan BL, prosecuting.
Kelly, who is a son of Southill man Anthony Kelly, pleaded guilty to stealing money from a French tourist earlier on the same night and he also admitted robbing â‚¬50 off another man at a flat on Catherine Street the previous night.
Det Garda Hanrahan agreed with Mr Oâ€™Sullivan that Kelly hadbehaved â€œin a predatory and out of control fashionâ€ on the night and he told the court that all the incidents were unprovoked.
Brian McInerney BL, said the case against his client was circumstantial and that his guilty plea was an important aspect of the case.
He said Kelly was â€œout of control after taking a cocktail of tabletsâ€ and he said he had suffered a personal tragedy around the time of the offences. â€œHis behaviour was bizarreâ€ he said.
Judge Carroll Moran said it was aggravating factor that Kelly had â€œgone on a rampage picking his victims at random.â€
The judge imposed a two year prison sentence which he ordered should be served consecutively to a separate two year suspended sentence, which he activated.
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