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Attack on old school pal was sparked by mix-up

A man has been sentenced to a total of eight years for a number of offences including the stabbing of his aunt's partner, threatening a neighbour and assaulting a former school pal with a broken bottle.

Jason Curry (20) stabbed Daniel O'Leary in the left side of his chest with a kitchen knife on June 4, 2006.

Curry, of Leighlin Road, Crumlin, was found guilty by a jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in June 2009 of recklessly causing serious harm to Mr O'Leary at Leighlin Road.

Curry has also pleaded guilty to threatening to burn a neighbour's car and house on October 26, 2007 and for assaulting Niall Lambert causing him harm on November 1, 2007.

Judge Patrick McCartan sentenced him to eight years for the stabbing incident, two years for the threatening incident and four years for assault causing harm.

All sentences are to run concurrently and the final three years were suspended.

Garda Robert Reilly told Mr Damian Colgan, prosecuting, that when he arrived at the scene of the stabbing, Curry was in an aggressive state and was seen drinking from a vodka bottle.

He said Curry had blood on his hands and Mr O'Leary was in a drowsy state lying in bed. A kitchen knife lay on the ground beside the bed.

Garda David Conlon said that a woman in Curry's neighbourhood recognised him as one of two youths who turned up at her door on October 26, 2007 threatening her son to "pay up" a €40 debt he said was owed to him. The woman said she was in fear of her life.

Curry denied being involved in intimidation on his arrest.

Six days after the threatening offence, Curry assaulted former schoolmate Niall Lambert with a broken bottle after a row broke out over a misunderstanding over Curry's girlfriend.

Garda Orla Madden told Mr Colgan that Curry was drinking from a bottle of Budweiser and smashed the bottle over a pole.

He then struck the left cheek of Lambert.