A MAN who stabbed another man in the neck with a Ninja-style knife leaving the victim severely brain damaged and in a wheelchair is to be sentenced later.
Robert Slator stabbed Daniel O'Hare and lacerated his jugular vein, which caused cardiac arrest and deprivation of blood to Mr O'Hare's brain.
After the stabbing Slator boasted to onlookers: "Ha, youse didn't think I would do it. I only bought this one last night, it's nice isn't it."
He then wiped the blood off the knife on to the grass.
The court heard that Slator went on the run for eight years, having fled Ireland the day after the attack. He was brought back before the courts last August under an European Arrest Warrant.
Mr O'Hare's mother Liz said in a victim impact report on behalf of her son that she is now "his voice, his carer, his nurse, his reader, his arms and his legs".
"Daniel is so severely brain-damaged that he cannot speak, swallow or walk. He is fully aware of his surroundings but as he cannot speak he blinks to indicate yes or no," Mrs O'Hare said in her report.
"He cannot swallow and is fed through a tube. Thirty years ago I gave birth to my beautiful son and Robert Slator took his beautiful life in 2003 as Daniel died for 30 minutes."
Slator (30), of Barry Avenue, in Finglas, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to recklessly causing serious harm to Mr O'Hare in Finglas on July 18, 2003.
Detective Garda Tony Gleeson told prosecuting counsel Pieter LeVert the stabbing resulted after a previous incident between the two men.
Mr O'Hare (30) spotted Slator in the town and said "Come here I want to talk to you." Slator walked away and returned a short time later with two knives which witnesses described as Ninja or martial arts-style knives. Mr O'Hare walked towards Slator and they both squared up to each other.
"Slator swiped three times at the victim and missed. The fourth swipe with the knife hit Mr O'Hare in the neck," said Det Gleeson.
Mr O'Hare was heard saying "I can't breathe. I'm going to die," witnesses told gardai.
An ambulance was called and Mr O'Hare went into cardiac arrest and had to receive CPR for 20 minutes.
He suffered significant brain damage.
Judge Desmond Hogan adjourned sentencing until the end of this month.