Wednesday 26 July 2017

Man guilty of cutting best friend's throat

Conor Gallagher

A MAN has been convicted of slashing open his best friend's throat and cutting his jugular vein in a row over a pint.

Luke Walsh (23), of Broadford Drive, Ballinteer, Dublin, was found guilty by a jury after a three-day trial during which he said he couldn't remember the majority of the incident -- but claimed the victim attacked him first.

The jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court took under two hours to convict him. Walsh had pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm to Colin Doyle at the Rockfield Lounge, Dundrum, on March 5, 2009.

Judge Joseph Matthews remanded Walsh on continuing bail until a sentence date in December and ordered a probation report be prepared.

The victim, Colm Doyle, told the jury he thought he was going to die and that he has been left with a very visible scar. "It happened out of the blue," he told the jury. "I was pretty much on my deathbed and had my family over me."

He said Mr Walsh had been his best friend since school and they had just returned from a trip to Amsterdam together.

Mr Doyle told prosecuting counsel that he met Walsh and other friends in the pub at around 10pm. He went outside for a cigarette and returned to find Walsh drinking his pint. Mr Doyle told this to Walsh but was told to "f**k off".

Mr Doyle said he told Walsh to keep the pint and got another one for himself. Later in the night he again found Walsh drinking his pint.

When Mr Doyle confronted him again and asked for it back, he claims Walsh told him again to "f**k off" and "put the glass into my neck and brought it down as far as my adam's apple."

He said Walsh then hit him again with a piece of glass. The two exchanged blows until bar staff broke them up, according to a witness.

Irish Independent

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