Man gets three years for stab attack

A man stabbed and beaten in his home said when he managed to escape from the crime scene, his attackers tried to drag him back like a pig into a slaughterhouse.

One of the two attackers, Paul O’Brien, of 12 Farranferris Park, Farranree, Cork, was jailed for three years yesterday for the attack and robbery.

Detective Garda John Gleeson said the victim left his home at Orchard Court in Blackpool and got talking to O’Brien, another man and a woman. After a while he invited them back to his flat for a few drinks.

“After a short period in the flat, the group’s attitude to him changed. The two men produced knives and demanded money, and the female stole a laptop.

“He had no money in his wallet. The other male (not O’Brien) stabbed him in the leg and demanded his PIN number.

“He gave them the PIN but the two males continued to assault him for half an hour even though he had nothing. He sustained 11 further knife wounds, he believed from both men, to his back and legs and defensive wounds to his hands,” Det Garda Gleeson said.

The Eastern European victim managed to barge past his assailants and get out on the street where he banged on a neighbour’s window to get help.

O’Brien and the other man came after him and tried unsuccessfully to get him back into the flat.

“He felt like a pig being dragged into a slaughterhouse. He felt he would have been killed if they dragged him in again,” Det Garda Gleeson said.

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said: “This is a very serious matter. I think the assault was at the higher end of Section 3 assaults.”

Section 3 of the Non-fatal Offences Against the Person Act is a charge of assault causing harm.

“The accused, although given a chance to improve, went backwards,” the judge said, regarding O’Brien’s failure to co-operate with the probation service.


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