Thursday 23 November 2017

Dublin teenager jailed for stabbing man who had come to his sister's aid

Conor Gallagher

A DUBLIN teenager who stabbed a man in the back as he defended his sister from a gang of youths has been sentenced to three years with 18 months suspended.

Detective Garda Ciaran Kilcoyne revealed that a young girl in the group screamed at Paul Kelly (20) to stab the then 22-year-old victim when he came to his sister’s aid after she had also been attacked.

The detective said the gang of two males and two females then ran off leaving their victim to hold his own t-shirt to the gash in his back.

Kelly of Woodfield Estate, Knocklyon pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting Pearse Tramley causing him harm at Knockfield Manor, Rathfarnham in the early hours of May 24, 2009.

Judge Martin Nolan said it was no thanks to Kelly that the victim did not suffer lasting injury.

He noted the offer of €3,000 compensation and the optimistic probation reports but said a custodial sentence was the only justifiable outcome.

Kelly has four previous convictions for criminal damage and assault dating back to 2006.

At a previous hearing Det Gda Kilcoyne told Ms Melanie Greally BL, prosecuting, that he was called to the scene by a number of residents in the estate and discovered the injured man standing holding his t-shirt against the stab wound in his back.

He said Mr Tramley had gone looking for his sister after she failed to answer his phone calls and discovered her being attacked by the two females at the estate entrance.

The detective said a 16-year-old girl, who has since received three years suspended detention, headbutted Mr Tramley and screamed to Kelly to stab him.

Mr Tramley later told gardai he had tried to defend himself against all four teenagers. They pulled him face down on the ground by his hood and Kelly stabbed him in the back.

Det Gda Kilcoyne told Ms Greally that Mr Tramley spent two nights in Tallaght Hospital following the attack.

He said Kelly answered no questions put to him in interview after arrest.

He agreed with James Dwyer BL, defending, that Kelly’s first conviction dated from when he was 13-years-old in 2006.

Court heard that that the trauma had a psychological effect on Mr Tramley (the victim), he now experiences fear when he is on a night out. The incident also interrupted his career plans, as he had to postpone courses he was undertaking in diving and carpentry.


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