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I stabbed love rival in drunken showdown

A MAN who stabbed his partner's lover in the arm in a "highly charged emotional incident" has been given a six-month suspended sentence.

Darnell Harvey (40), of Kippure Park, Finglas, pleaded guilty before Judge Frank O'Donnell at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting Andrew Humphries on August 14, 2008.

Garda Mark Fitzpatrick told Anne Marie Lawlor, prosecuting, that the injured party, Andrew Humphries, had begun an affair with Harvey's partner, Sharon Drury, several months before the stabbing.


Ms Drury and Harvey were in a relationship for seven years and have a five-year-old child together.

On the night of the incident, Harvey and Ms Drury were at their home and after they had a few drinks, an argument broke out.

Ms Drury phoned Mr Humphries, with whom she was still having the affair, and when he arrived at the house, an altercation broke out between Harvey and Humphries.

Garda Fitzpatrick agreed with Ms Lawlor that Mr Humphries had a "considerable amount of alcohol" consumed and after Harvey smashed a glass bottle in the hallway, Ms Drury called the gardai.

Ms Drury told gardai she wanted Harvey to leave the house, which he did, but returned a short time later.

Unemployed Harvey grabbed a bread knife from the kitchen and lunged through a window stabbing Mr Humphries under the left arm saying "you deserved that."


Mr Humphries was rushed to Beaumont Hospital where he received 18 stitches to the stab wound.

Harvey was arrested a short time later by gardai and admitted his role in the altercation.

John Byrne, defending, said the stabbing was a "single strike and not a frenzied attack" and that Harvey was continuing his relationship with Ms Drury and Mr Humphries was no longer on the scene.

Judge O'Donnell said "people cannot take the law into their own hands and there was never any justification for what you did".

He warned Harvey to "stay away" from Mr Humphries.