A man who is at a high risk of carrying out repeated violence has been sentenced to three and a half years for taking part in two unprovoked knife attacks.
Craig McCabe (19) was part of a group of teenagers who attacked Darragh Fahy on Dame Street, Dublin after he walked past them. They accused the then 17-year-old Leaving Cert student of “giving cheek” and then started thumping him around the neck and mouth.
McCabe of Cashel Road, Crumlin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm at Central Bank Plaza, Dame Street on July 7, 2011. Two others also pleaded guilty to taking part in the attack but none of the three admitted stabbing the victim.
McCabe also pleaded guilty to the robbery of a mobile phone from Kevin Byrne at Kilworth Road, Drimnagh on November 27, 2011, four months after the first offence.
Garda Michael Cleary told the court that during this attack McCabe and two others began kicking and punching Mr Byrne, who was walking home after a night out.
The victim, who was 19 at the time, managed to escape and run home. He then realised he had being stabbed and had lost a lot of blood.
In total the victim had ten stab wounds to his head, neck and back. Gardai recovered a small silver knife near the scene of the assault and arrested the three attackers.
McCabe was 17 when he carried out both crimes. He has seven previous convictions including one for threatening and abusive behaviour.
He is considered by the Probation Services to be at a high risk of carrying out repeated acts of violence.
Judge Mary Ellen Ring rejected an appeal by Pieter Le Vert BL, defending, to suspend any sentence on the condition that McCabe leave Ireland immediately to go and work with his grandfather in Lanzarote.
Mr Le Vert agreed the offences were “extremely serious”. He said his client has taken classes in painting, sewing and cooking while in custody.
Judge Ring suspended the last 12 months of a three and a half year sentence on the condition that he is of good behaviour and co-operates with the Probation Services