Friday 19 January 2018

Man who used 'excessive force' when stabbing a man in self defence avoids jail

The case was in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.
The case was in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

By Declan Conlon

A man has avoided jail for using “excessive force” when stabbing a man in self defence.

Declan Christie (44) of North Circular Road, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm at Infirmary Road on June 16, 2011.

Garda Jennifer Woods said that “words were exchanged” when Christie met his friend Daniel Doyle and the victim, Ian Dunne, by arrangement on the night of the assault. Mr Doyle head-butted Christie and the three men began fighting. 

Christie then stabbed Dunne in the lower back with a knife that he found at the scene.  Dunne required surgery for a 1.5 cm stab wound.

Christie has 19 previous convictions. He had not come to the attention of gardai since 2004 until this incident.

Gda Woods told Anne-Marie Lawlor BL, defending, that Christie voluntarily came to the gardaí when he learned they were looking for him and admitted his involvement. 

She agreed with counsel that Christie had been acting in self-defence and had not brought the knife to the scene.

Sentencing Christie to two years in jail, suspended for three years, Judge James O’Donohoe said Christie’s admission of using “excessive force” was a valuable plea that prevented a jury trial.

Christie paid a bond of €100 and agreed to be of good behaviour. 

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