Tuesday 23 January 2018

Man stabs victim he found in bed with ex-partner

Judge's gavel
Judge's gavel

By Jessica Magee

A barman stabbed a man with a steak knife after finding him in bed with his ex-partner, a court has heard.

Father-of-two Michael Bonner pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Gary Dawnay on August 14, 2013 at Hayworth Terrace, Ongar, Dublin.

The injured man was stabbed twice in the shoulder, causing his left lung to collapse by over 50 per cent.

Bonner (42), of Laurel Lodge, Castleknock, will be sentenced on April 17 at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge Desmond Hogan said there was little pre-meditation involved and the attack was “something of the moment, carried out in a frenzied way”.

He said Bonner committed a very serious offence and reacted “totally disproportionately” to finding his ex-partner in bed with another man.

He adjourned sentencing to allow Probation Services investigate whether Bonner would be suitable for the Restorative Justice Programme, but refused to rule out a custodial sentence.

Garda Alan Reddy told Gerardine Small BL, defending, that Mr Dawnay had started seeing Bonner's ex-partner a few weeks earlier.

On the night, Mr Dawnay was drinking with friends at home when his girlfriend texted him to ask him to come down to her house.

He called to her house and they chatted and then went into the bedroom. Sometime after 3am, Bonner let himself in and barged in to the bedroom with a knife taken from a kitchen drawer.

Mr Dawnay and the woman both jumped up out of bed and tried to block Bonner.

Bonner threatened to kill Mr Dawnay, saying “Stay away from my family, this is a warning.”

Mr Dawnay was stabbed twice in the shoulder and his thumb was sliced when he tried to grab the knife.

Gardaí were called and found Bonner being restrained by a group of people with a knife in his back pocket.

Mr Dawnay was brought to hospital where his shoulder wounds were stitched and his chest was x-rayed as he was having difficulty breathing.

His lung had partially collapsed and a large chest drain was inserted. A victim impact statement was presented to the court but not read out.

On arrest, Bonner immediately admitted the stabbing and apologised. He said he had drunk eight or nine pints on the night.

Patrick Reynolds BL, defending, said Bonner “lost it” when he went to the house, at a time when his family life was disintegrating around him.

The court heard that Bonner has worked as a barman in The Vineyard in Blanchardstown for the last 12 years.

Bonner brought €1,000 to court as a token of remorse which the victim did not wish to accept.

A number of testimonials were handed into court describing Bonner as a man of integrity who has worked on his drink difficulties and has raised money for charity.

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