Tuesday 24 October 2017

Man jailed after stabbing acquaintance

Sonya McLean

A man has been jailed after he stabbed an acquaintance three times which left the victim with such severe injuries that he had to have his spleen removed.

Lee Healy (20) had been arguing with Jake Gordon earlier in the night while they were partying in a mutual friend’s house. They resolved their differences and moved onto another house party where they continued drinking heavily.

Garda Colm Grogan told James Dwyer BL, prosecuting, that a second dispute arose between the two and insults were exchanged.

Healy then went into the kitchen, took a steak knife and stabbed Mr Gordon twice in the back and once in the front.

Mr Gordon was later treated in hospital for his injuries and had to have an operation to remove his spleen. He will now have to take medication three times a day for the rest of his life to prevent infection.

Gda Grogan said Healy was 17 years old at the time and was later accompanied to the garda station with his mother for interview.

He fully co-operated with the investigation and has not come to garda attention since.

Healy, formerly of Sorrell Heath, Lohunda, Clonsilla, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to Mr Gordon at Sycamore Lawn, Castleknock on May 30, 2010.

He had no previous convictions and has since moved to Carrickmacross, in Monaghan where he is training to be a mechanic.

There was no victim impact report before the court as Mr Gordon did not wish to prepare one.

Gda Grogan said despite his injury he is working full time and does not seem to be adversely affected by it on a daily basis.

Judge Martin Nolan sentenced Healy to four years in prison but suspended the final two years on strict conditions.

He said the case was so serious that a prison sentence could “not be avoided” but accepted that due to his lack of previous convictions; Healy was probably not “a future risk to society”.

Gda Grogan agreed with Gerry O’Brien SC, defending that his client had been charged with a more serious offence but had offered a plea to the lesser charge in the weeks before the trial. This plea was later accepted by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

He accepted that Healy and Mr Gordon had known each other for a number of years as they had grown up together in the local area and had many friends in common.

Mr O’Brien asked Judge Nolan to accept that there was “a certain impulsive character to the night”.

He also asked the court to accept that the fact that Healy has not come to garda attention since, proves he has learned his lesson.

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