Sunday 25 March 2018

‘I saw three of my friends stabbed at 18th birthday party’ court told

Conor Gallagher

A young man has given evidence that he saw three of his friends being stabbed on the night of an 18th birthday party.

The alleged attacker is accused of stabbing or assaulting six people on the night after getting into an altercation with the partygoers.

Brian Quinn (46) previously of Deer Park Avenue, Kiltipper in Tallaght, now living in Balbriggan, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to James Toner Senior, Stephen Keogh and Lee Harte on October 9, 2011 at Deer Park Avenue.

He further pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm to Kurtis Lennon, James Toner Junior and Robert Ryan. He also pleaded not guilty to the production of a knife.

Mr Ryan gave evidence that he got into a pushing match with Mr Quinn outside the accused’s house.

He told prosecuting counsel Paul Carroll BL that “digs started to fly” between them. He said Mr Quinn’s wife was shouting at him and “slagging” him about his weight and hair colour.

Mr Ryan said the accused went into his house and emerged with a large knife which caused everyone to back off. He said he saw Mr Quinn stab his friend Mr Lennon in the torso, under the heart.

Mr Ryan said he stepped in and tried to grab the knife as Mr Quinn went to stab Mr Lennon in the head. The witness said he injured his hand while doing this.

He said he also saw Mr Quinn stab Mr Toner Jnr in the leg and again in the upper body. The witness said that the accused then attacked and stabbed Mr Toner’s father, James Senior.

Defence counsel Giollaiosa O’Lidheadha, SC asked the witness why he couldn’t remember these facts when he first started giving evidence on Wednesday morning.

The witness said that he was nervous and that his mind went blank.

Mr Ryan denied that he “barged” into Mr Quinn’s house and that that was where he saw Mr Lennon get stabbed.

He also denied telling “barefaced lies” and asked Mr O’Lidheadha: “How would you know? You weren’t even there.”

The trial continues before Judge Carmel Stewart and a jury of nine men and three women.

Irish Independent

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