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I attacked man in stabbing on Killiney Beach

A DUBLIN man has admitted his part in a seaside attack on a young man who suffered multiple stab wounds when he was set upon by three assailants.

A court heard Stephen Keegan (23) kicked and punched the victim, who was then allegedly knifed in the back by another accused man in the incident on Killiney Beach.



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Keegan was "the least involved" of three men who inflicted the injuries in a row that allegedly started over a "remark" made by the victim.

The defendant had the case against him adjourned at Dun Laoghaire District Court.

The two co-accused men are also being prosecuted but their cases were not before the court.

Keegan, of Old County Road, Crumlin, admitted assault causing harm to the 23-year-old victim in an incident at Killiney Beach on June 21, 2010.

He also admitted a charge of violent disorder in the same incident.

The court heard the victim had allegedly passed "some sort of remark" to Stephen Keegan, which the defendant took exception to.

A fight ensued in which the accused kicked and punched the victim, who succeeded in getting on top of Keegan.

While he was there, a second man came up behind the victim and allegedly stabbed him.

The row between Keegan and the victim broke up and there was a subsequent altercation between the three and the victim as they went to the DART station.

"Blows were exchanged," the court heard.

Defence solicitor Ronnie Lynam said there had been "quite an amount of intoxication involved in the incident".

The court heard cases against the co-accused men, who are both facing identical charges, had been previously adjourned.

"It would be accepted that the accused presently before the court was the least involved," Sgt Peadar McCann said.



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Judge Clare Leonard said she would accept jurisdiction to deal with the case at District Court level, and that she would accept the defendant's plea of guilty.

However, the prosecuting garda was not present to elaborate on what started the incident. She adjourned the case to July 6 for the preparation of a probation report, for further facts to be given and sentencing.

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