Sunday 28 May 2017

Man stabbed several times in back during dispute in Dublin bookies while workers carried on serving customers

Decaln Tynan. Picture: Sunday World
Decaln Tynan. Picture: Sunday World

Isabel Hayes

A man was stabbed several times in the back during a dispute in a bookies while workers carried on serving customers, a court has heard.

Declan Tynan (27) was one of three men who burst into Ladbrokes in Killinarden, Tallaght, Dublin on the afternoon of December 13, 2012 and set upon a customer standing in the middle of the shop.

One of the attackers had a short blade and began stabbing the man repeatedly. When the victim's brother tried to intervene, the group of men then turned on him.

One worker told gardaí that she “continued to serve customers while this was going on”, prosecution barrister Maurice Coffey, BL, told Tynan's sentence hearing at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today.

The men left the shop briefly, before returning and throwing bins and stools at their victims, Sgt Ciaran Loughrey told the court.

Gardaí called to the scene and found the stabbing victim “staggering in the roadway” and his brother with an injury to his hand. They were taken to hospital, but refused to co-operate with gardaí or give statements.

Tynan, of Vincent St Flats, Dublin 8, was arrested after gardaí recognised him from CCTV footage of the incident. He was found guilty by a jury last December of one count of violent disorder in relation to the incident.

He has 25 previous convictions, including for drug offences, robbery and threatening behaviour.

Defence barrister, Eoghan Cole BL, told the sentence hearing that Tynan does not accept the jury's verdict and continues to maintain his innocence.

He was not in possession of the knife at any point during the dispute, Mr Cole said. He submitted that this was not a dispute between two “wholly innocent parties”.

The court heard there was no evidence in relation to the extent of the victims' injuries, due to their lack of cooperation with gardaí.

Tynan is a “devoted” father-of-two who has not come to garda attention since 2013, defence counsel said.

One of Tynan's co-accused, Jamie Griffin (20) of Iveagh Trust building, Dublin, pleaded guilty to affray in relation to the incident. He received a sentence of three years with the final year suspended. Another co-accused received a four year sentence with the last two years suspended.

Judge Patricia Ryan adjourned the matter to January 20 to review the transcript of Griffin's sentence hearing.

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