Saturday 16 December 2017

Jealous student (19) stabbed man who met with ex at club

Jake Malone (19)
Jake Malone (19)

Andrew Phelan

AN ENGINEERING student stabbed a man outside a Dublin nightclub in a fit of jealousy because the victim had been socialising with his ex-girlfriend.

Jake Malone (19) had just broken up with his girlfriend of two years when he received texts saying she was out with the young man.

Blanchardstown District Court heard Malone arrived in a taxi, took out a knife and stabbed the victim in the arm.

Judge David McHugh ordered him to carry out 240 hours of community service instead of a six-month jail sentence.

Malone, of Arthur Griffith Park, Lucan,  admitted assault causing harm to Kevin Scully and producing a knife in the course of a dispute at Ballyowen Castle Shopping Centre  on March 1, 2013.

Sergeant Mary Doherty said the victim had gone out with friends and had met the accused’s ex girlfriend at a nightclub. Later, Malone arrived in a taxi and went into a takeaway, where he spoke to his ex. He then came outside and verbally abused Mr Scully, pushed him once then got into a struggle.

    Malone produced a knife and stabbed Mr Scully in the right forearm before fleeing the scene. The victim underwent emergency treatment and made a full recovery from his injury.

“(The accused) appeared on foot of text messages received from parties in relation to his ex-girlfriend being in the company of a gentleman who she came into contact with,” Malone’s barrister explained.

The court heard the knife was on Malone’s key ring and was on him because he was coming from part-time work at a hotel.

“This matter was completely out of character, fuelled by jealousy,” counsel continued. “He has learned a very serious lesson. It has caused him and the victim great distress.”

The court heard he had since bumped into the victim socially and there was “no malice or ill will between the parties since then.”

Malone was remorseful for what happened and had no previous convictions of any kind.

“I am satisfied that the criminal act that he perpetrated, however shocking, was done in the heat of the moment and the motivation was jealousy,” Judge McHugh said.

He the accused was a “lucky man” not to get a prison sentence.

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