Wednesday 25 April 2018

Ex-soldier jailed over knife death of cousin

Niamh O'Donoghue

A FORMER soldier who stabbed his cousin 15 times has been given a 10-year sentence for his manslaughter.

Father-of-one Anthony Leahy (25), of Sirius House, Passage West, Co Cork, had pleaded not guilty to murdering Jonathan Daly (25) at that address on January 19, 2012.

Last month a jury at the Central Criminal Court found him not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter.

Handing down a 10-year sentence with the final two suspended, Mr Justice Paul Carney yesterday said the offence was in the most serious category of homicide by knife as Leahy had left the scene and returned with a knife.

Previously, Sergeant Simon Grace told prosecuting senior counsel Paul Burns that Mr Daly asked if he could visit Leahy at his home in Sirius House on the understanding he did not drink too much. Mr Daly, who was drinking vodka unbeknownst to Leahy, was getting agitated so Leahy tried to get him a taxi and tried to persuade his girlfriend Rachel Daunt not to come home.

When Ms Daunt returned home, Mr Daly threatened to smash her brains in and was reaching into her car to try and grab her.

Leahy then left and went into his apartment where he got a large kitchen knife and returned to the scene. There was evidence that Mr Daly tried to run away but Leahy stabbed him 15 times.

Leahy called an ambulance and told the controller that his cousin had a knife and had attacked him first.

He was interviewed by gardai a number of times and said Mr Daly had produced the knife first. However, in the fifth interview Leahy admitted getting the knife and said he had snapped and lost the plot.

A victim impact statement was read to the court on behalf of the deceased's stepfather, Timothy Daly, in which he described his stepson as a caring person who would do anything for anyone. We never had to ask him twice to do anything, he said.

Irish Independent

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