Tuesday 23 January 2018

Man who stabbed his father-in-law avoids jail.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring
Judge Mary Ellen Ring

By Aoife Nic Ardghail and Declan Conlon

A young man who stabbed his father-in-law three times with a kitchen knife at a family celebration has avoided jail.

Owen Maughan (20), of North Circular Road, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to stabbing Martin Maughan in the side, chest and back at a party in the father-in-law’s home at George’s Hill, Dublin, on February 4, 2013.

Garda Cillian Murphy told the court that Martin Maughan’s wife had to hit the knife out of her son-in-law’s hand to stop the attack.

Imposing a two and a half year suspended sentence, Judge Mary Ellen Ring said that Maughan, who has six previous offences at district court level, struggles to control his behaviour after drinking alcohol.

She said that as a young married man he should be aware that alcohol abuse would cause him problems with wife, family and with society.

Noting that Martin Maughan did not wish to see his son-in-law jailed, she suspended the sentence on condition that he undergo the supervision of the Probation Service for 12 months and follow any directions they give him relating to alcohol awareness.

Gda Murphy told Garret Baker BL, prosecuting, that Martin Maughan was attacked when he intervened in a fight between his daughter and son-in-law. The family had been celebrating the daughter getting a new apartment.

Owen Maughan hit his father-in-law to the ground and went into the kitchen to get a knife. He continued to fight and stab the victim as his mother-in-law hit the attacker with a chair.

Martin Maughan was taken to hospital where he received stitches to his chest and side. He discharged himself that day against medical advice.

The garda agreed with Mark Lynam BL, defending, that Martin Maughan did not wish to see his son-in-law jailed. Mr Lynam submitted to Judge Mary Ellen Ring that alcohol was his client’s problem.

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