Brother's heartache after man is stabbed to death in takeaway row
The brother of a man stabbed to death in Dublin after a row has spoken of his heartache after taking the decision to turn off his life support machine.
Gerry Sheridan (52) said his brother David's stab wounds were so severe he could not have survived.
The father of three, known as 'Gummy' to his friends, died in the Mater Hospital yesterday after being stabbed several times in an attack at a Dublin city centre takeaway the previous night.
A man was arrested this morning by gardai investigating the incident.
"The guards rang me at 6am and told me to come to the hospital fast as it didn't look good. When I arrived he was covered in tubes. When he was stabbed in the back, the knife severed an artery. The doctor told me nothing more could be done and I agreed the machine could be switched off," he said.
"David had a very sad life. A brother and a sister took their own lives when he was young. He spent years as a child in the industrial school in Clonmel where he was sexually abused. That place changed him in a bad way and when he got out he got into robbing and doing drugs and ended up in prison. He became a heroin addict and an alcoholic.
"He got a quarter of a million in compensation for what happened him in Clonmel and he drank most of it away, along with his friends. He was on methadone too."
Speaking at his home off Sherrard Street in Dublin, Gerry said: "I felt he was lost. I was looking after him recently until about a week-and-a-half ago when he left."
Anita Judge, mother of David's teenage son, said: "David was a very good man with a very big heart."
Speaking at her home in Finglas East, she said she had a six-year relationship with him with many happy memories.
"I'm very angry. David didn't deserve this after all he'd been through in his life. It's wrong to take a life. He was a good dad to his son," she said.
The 45-year-old victim was stabbed several times in the stomach and back outside Luigi's takeaway premises at North Strand in Dublin's north inner city.
Mr Sheridan was well known to gardai and had a series of criminal convictions.
He was given a two-year suspended sentence for robbery by Dublin Circuit Criminal Court last January.
He also had previous convictions for damage to property and theft and was linked to other crimes including threatening and abusive behaviour.
Gardai at Mountjoy have arrested a 63 year old man.
"The male was arrested this morning the 19th August in Dublin and is being detained at Mountjoy Garda station under the provisions of section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 as amended," a spokesman said.