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Suspect stabbed in leg by pal to avoid court

A MAN who got a friend to stab him in the leg in order to avoid a court hearing has being given a suspended sentence of six months.

James Ledden (32) was due to appear before a District Court on a public order offence when he asked his friend in the public smoking area of the Criminal Courts of Justice to stab him.

He was taken to St James's Hospital where he reported the incident to gardai and told them that he had been assaulted.

Ledden, of Ferrymans Crossing, North Wall, Dublin 1, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to making a false report at the hospital on January 13, 2011.

Judge Patrick McCartan said the crime demonstrated Ledden's stupidity. He gave him a six-month sentence, suspended on the condition that Ledden is of good behaviour.


Defence counsel said Ledden, who has 48 previous convictions, had allowed himself to be cut because he was afraid he would be sent to jail.

Garda Tim O'Sullivan said that members of his family had been victims of significant violence in the past. Mr Guerin said this is why his client was so anxious about going to prison.

Counsel said this was as "stupid and desperate a means of avoiding a prison sentence as can be imagined".

He said his client was highly intoxicated when he had injury inflicted. He told the court that the public order offences that Ledden had been avoiding were ultimately struck out.

Another person has been charged with unlawful possession of a knife.