A teenager asked a group of young men, “who wants to be stabbed?” before stabbing five of them, a court was told yesterday.
In all, Jason Davis, now aged 19, of Marley Court, Marley’s Lane, Drogheda, stabbed seven people in a single incident in Drogheda — one of them was a young man who was on his first night out after getting over cancer and he was stabbed twice in the heart.
The unprovoked attack was described by Judge Michael O’Shea as “frenzied” and like “a horror scene”.
Davis pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to six of the victims and he admitted the more serious offence of assault causing serious harm in relation to the seventh victim who was just 16 years old and just over cancer.
Dundalk Circuit Criminal Court heard Davis was asked by his father to go drinking on Apr 9, 2010.
He had 10 bottles of beer, rum and a head shop product during that time and at about midnight they went to a second pub.
They were asked to leave by staff at the Laurences’ Inn and a taxi was called for them.
However the accused and his father did not want to leave and two customers — Gary Cunningham and Fergus Finnegan — went to assist staff.
The court heard Davis told Mr Cunningham he had a knife and when Mr Cunningham told him to put it down, “he lunged at him”, said Detective Inspector Pat Marry.
The detective inspector said the knife was “plunged into his back”.
Mr Finnegan saw Davis run at him and he felt what he thought was a punch but then saw blood; he had been stabbed near his hip.
The accused then ran a short distance to a corner at the junction of West St and Laurence St where around a dozen young people were “standing about, chatting, minding their own business”, inspector Marry said.
Davis said to them “who wants to be stabbed,” before going amongst them and repeatedly stabbing at them.
Five of the people were injured: Steven Floody, aged 19, brothers Mark, 22, and Patrick Nutley, 20, and Peter McCormick, aged 19, and the 16-year-old.
The 16-year-old was on his first night out after having cancer, the inspector said. He suffered two life-threatening wounds to his heart and continues to have problems linked to the attack.
The accused was apprehended by civilians until the gardaí arrived a short time later.
All of the victims have been left to deal with the effects of their injuries, the court heard.
Judge O’Shea said they were “vicious, savage, brutal and horrific attacks.” He took into account the guilty pleas and the admissions Davis made to gardaí.
He imposed a six-year jail term for the more serious attack on the 16-year-old, three years for the stabbings of the pub customers and four years for each of the attacks on the other young men.
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