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Nurse accused of stabbing after birthday party

A PSYCHIATRIC nurse has gone on trial accused of stabbing and assaulting six people after an 18th birthday party in Tallaght two years ago.

Brian Quinn, (46), previously of Deer Park Avenue, Kiltipper in Tallaght, now living in Balbriggan, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to James Toner Senior, Stephen Keogh and Lee Harte on October 9, 2011 at Deer Park Avenue.

He further pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm to Kurtis Lennon, James Toner Junior and Robert Ryan. He also pleaded not guilty to the production of a knife.

Mr Harte (20) of Donaghmore Park in Tallaght, told prosecuting counsel Paul Carroll, he was stabbed in the left leg, stomach and liver by Quinn in the accused's house after an incident earlier outside the homes of Mr Toner and Quinn.

He said while he and Mr Ryan were leaving Mr Toner's house, he saw Quinn and his partner standing outside their house.

He claimed Quinn's girlfriend started screaming 'I'm sick of ye scumbags, tomorrow morning you will all be burnt out'.

He claimed Quinn then grabbed him and they fell into Quinn's house.

He said his cousin Robert walked in and Quinn and Robert "started hitting each other".

"I seen a knife in Mr Quinn's hand. I pushed him and he fell onto the stairs and I screamed at Robert that he shouldn't have walked into the house," said Mr Harte. He said Robert left the house and Quinn then stabbed him in the leg.

The trial continues.