Thursday 22 March 2018

Man stabbed eight times and blinded in eye by burglars

A man was stabbed eight times and blinded in one eye by burglars who broke into his family home.

The resident was sleeping in his bedroom when the men kicked in the bedroom door and said: “where’s the f**king money?”

One of them stabbed the victim in the side. They took his car keys and one man told the man: “If you’re thinking of calling the gardai I’ll f**kng kill you.”

The intruders returned when they were unable to open the car. They found him on the telephone and became angry. He told them he was ringing for medical assistance because he had been stabbed.

One of the attackers replied: "I'll show you a fucking stabbing" and then sliced the knife across the victim's eye.

One of the assailants today received a ten year sentence.

Mark Farrelly (19) was one of two men who broke into a family home during the night demanding money.

 Farrelly of Ballymany Mews, Newbridge pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to aggravated burglary at Rathmintin Crescent, Tallaght on December 8, 2012.

 Garda Sinead McCormack told Fiona McGowan BL, prosecuting, that the victim hasn’t returned to work since the assault and faces more surgery to stabilise his eye.

 Judge Gerard Griffin imposed a ten year sentence with the final three and a half years suspended.

 Farrelly has eight previous convictions, including a partially suspended sentence for arson.

He was on bail for another burglary committed on March 20, 2012 when arrested for the December 2012 incident.

 Garda McCormack told the court that that one of the two burglars were armed with a perforated hunting style knife.

 Judge Griffin noted the “gratuitous degradation” of the victim and the use of a hunting knife to inflict eight stab wounds.

He also said the aggravating factors were the fact that Farrelly was on bail at the time and his eight previous convictions.

 Colman Fitzgerald SC, defending, said that his client had an “extraordinarily difficult start to life”.

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