Victim blinded in one eye during burglary
A MAN who carried out a violent burglary which left a man blinded in one eye has been jailed for six-and-a-half years, writes Declan Brennan.
Mark Farrelly (19) was one of two men who broke into a family home. A resident suffered a punctured lung and lost the sight in his left eye after being stabbed eight times during the burglary.
Farrelly, of Ballymany Mews, Newbridge, Co Kildare, 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, the victim faces more surgery to stabilise his eye.
Judge Gerard Griffin imposed a 10-year sentence with the final three-and-a-half years suspended. Farrelly has eight previous convictions, including a partially suspended sentence for arson.