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Attacker was on crystal meth when he stabbed Dublin GAA star


Dublin footballer Jonny Cooper was stabbed in the face

Dublin footballer Jonny Cooper was stabbed in the face

Dublin footballer Jonny Cooper was stabbed in the face

A Mayo man was on crystal meth when he carried out a frenzied and unprovoked attack on Dublin GAA star Jonny Cooper hours after attacking a taxi driver.

Mark Lavelle (32) originally from Bollingbrook, Swinford, but with an address at Basin Street, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to the Dublin and Na Fianna footballer in the early hours of September 20, 2014, at Dorset Street Upper in Dublin.

He also admitted to assault causing harm to Thomas Smith at Kennelsfort Road Upper in Palmerstown at around 2am on the same day and to hijacking Mr Smith's car.

Mr Cooper received nine stab wounds to his forehead, eyelid and neck area.

He had no recollection of the assault and gardaí were called to the scene after a passing taxi driver noticed the footballer stumbling along Dorset Street with his back covered in blood.

Officers later followed a trail of blood from where they met Mr Cooper to a nearby chip shop and secured CCTV footage from the restaurant.

Lawyers for Lavelle said he suffered from a mental disorder and had been with the State's psychiatric services since his mid-teens.

His 62 previous convictions include assaults, criminal damage, possession of knives, possession of drugs, burglary, robbery and violent behaviour in a garda station.

Judge Martin Nolan remanded Lavelle in continuing custody for sentence today.

A brief victim impact report before the court stated that Mr Cooper was out of work for two weeks and although he has facial scars it was his understanding that they would fade in time.

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