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Man jailed for stabbing attack hero in the back

A Dublin teenager who stabbed a man who was defending his sister from a gang of youths has been sentenced to three years with 18 months suspended.

Detective Garda Ciaran Kilcoyne revealed that a young girl in the group screamed at Paul Kelly (20) to stab the 22-year-old victim when he came to his sister's aid after she had also been attacked.

The detective said the gang of two males and two females then ran off, leaving their victim to hold his own T-shirt to the gash in his back.

Kelly, of Woodfield Estate, Knocklyon, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting Pearse Tramley at Knockfield Manor, Rathfarnham, in the early hours of May 24, 2009.

Judge Martin Nolan noted the offer of €3,000 compensation and the optimistic probation reports, but said a custodial sentence was the only justifiable outcome.

Kelly has four previous convictions for criminal damage and assault dating back to 2006.

At a previous hearing Det Garda Kilcoyne told Melanie Greally, prosecuting, that he was called to the scene by residents in the estate and discovered the injured man standing holding his T-shirt against the stab wound in his back.

He said Mr Tramley had gone looking for his sister after she failed to answer his phone calls and discovered her being attacked by the two girls at the estate entrance.


The detective said a 16-year-old girl, who has since received three years' suspended detention, butted Mr Tramley and screamed to Kelly to stab him.

Mr Tramley later told gardai he had tried to defend himself against all four teenagers. They pulled him face down on the ground by his hood and Kelly stabbed him in the back.