A 25-year-old Dublin man who assaulted another man in a jealous rage leaving him with a fractured skull and on going medical problems has been given a five year sentence.
Ross O'Leary, of Ferrymans Crossing, Dublin 1 pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to entering a house at East Road, East Wall, Dublin 3 with the intention of committing assault and to assaulting John Shannon causing him harm on October 1, 2011. He has 16 previous convictions.
Judge Martin Nolan said it was a very serious offence and the effects had been incredibly serious for Mr Shannon. He imposed a five year sentence and ordered he be given credit for time in custody.
Detective Garda John Paul Moriarty told Dara Hayes BL, prosecuting, that O'Leary and his girlfriend had broken up about nine weeks prior to the assault.
On the night of the incident Mr Shannon was chatting with the woman in her mother's house when she noticed someone outside. She knew it was O'Leary and he started banging on the door and roaring before ripping the patio door off its hinges.
O'Leary, who had a small knife, was walking towards his former girlfriend and Mr Shannon stood up to stop him. He began swinging the knife at Mr Shannon who attempted to defend himself. O'Leary fled pursued by Mr Shannon and gardai were alerted.
Mr Shannon suffered a fractured skull and lacerations. He was in hospital for 14 days including time in intensive care. He also developed seizures and continues to take medication.
Det Garda Moriarty agreed with Anthony Sammon SC, defending, that O'Leary had been consumed by upset and jealousy at the time. He agreed O'Leary was then living a chaotic lifestyle.
Mr Sammon said O'Leary wished to express his apologies and regret to Mr Shannon and accepts he has left him with a permanent impairment. He handed in a letter of apology.
He said O'Leary had been granted bail previously to attend residential drug treatment and had been dealing with custody in a positive fashion.
Mr Sammon said he was intent on putting this behind him and showing there was a good man prepared to emerge.