80-year-old slashed across forehead

A Limerick man was yesterday found guilty of an attempted robbery in which an 80-year-old retired taximan, recovering from heart by-pass surgery, was slashed across the forehead.

Ian Murrihy, aged 26, of O’Callaghan Avenue, Kileely, had pleaded not guilty at Limerick Circuit Court to attempted robbery of Brendan Beacom on May 14, 2014.

After an hour and 40 minutes of deliberations, the jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict. Judge John Hannan adjourned sentence to January and remanded Murrihy, who has 30 previous convictions, in custody.

Mr Beacom recalled that, following heart surgery, he went out for evening walks. After parking his car near St Michael’s Boat Club at around 8pm on the night in question, he commenced walking at Cleeve’s Bank.

Two men approached and one stopped him and said: “Give me what you have,” before pulling a knife, the court heard.

He then struck Mr Beacom over the eye with the knife, cutting his forehead. Mr Beacom grappled with his attacker and they both fell to the ground. When he stood up, both men ran off. Mr Beacom got help and was taken to hospital.

Aaron Bourke, a half- brother of Murrihy, said they met an old man while going towards the city. Murrihy asked him what he had before hitting him and knocking him down. Mr Bourke said he told Murrihy to “come on” and they left.

John O’Sullivan, prosecuting, said Aaron Bourke had no motive to implicate his half brother.

Lawrence Gouchier, defending, said gardaí did not organise any identity parade as part of the investigation.


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