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In Brief: Man put knife to neighbour

A MAN who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia threatened to slit his neighbour's throat because he believed he was possessed by the devil, a court has heard.

David Murray (35) had a delusional belief that his neighbour George Kenny had put a curse on him and his daughter and that he had to kill him to break it.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Murray was in his neighbour's kitchen when he grabbed Mr Kenny in a headlock and put an eight-inch knife to his neck.

He also rained blows on his face.

Murray, of Oakley Lodge, Dublin, admitted assault causing harm at Brookfield Grove, Blackrock on July 11, 2009.

Judge Martin Nolan imposed a sentence of five years but suspended the last two. Murray would serve the remainder of his sentence at the Central Mental Hospital, the court was told.

Reveller broke garda's finger

A MAN has been given a two-year sentence with 18 months suspended for stamping on a garda's hand and breaking his finger.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Desmond McDonald (24) was punched by another customer and began spitting blood at staff while being thrown out of the Abberly Hotel, Tallaght.

While he was being arrested, he stamped on the Garda Patrick Hanley's hand, breaking a bone.

The court heard McDonald had been asked to leave because of a policy against wearing sports clothing after a certain time.

McDonald, of Maplewood Avenue, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm on February 28, 2010.