Man was stabbed after breaking up threesome in his home

A man was “lucky to be alive” after being stabbed when he tried to evict three people engaging in a threesome at an impromptu Halloween party in his apartment.

Collins Kato, aged 28, originally from Uganda, suffered multiple stab wounds to his neck and back in the violent assault.

Sergeant Catriona Houlihan told Ennis Circuit Criminal Court that the party had started when Mr Kato had invited a girl over to view a room to rent. She was accompanied by another woman and the two had brought drink.

Sgt Houlihan said Mr Kato spent time upstairs ‘skyping’ his girlfriend in England. When he returned downstairs, there were 10 uninvited people drinking in his apartment.

Stephen Coughlan, prosecuting, said the attack was sparked off after Mr Kato threw out three people he had found “in a sexually compromised situation” in a bedroom.

He then asked the others in the flat to leave.

At that stage, Sean Moroney, aged 41, of Dalcassian Park, Ennis, Co Clare, hit him across the head with a fire extinguisher.

Sgt Houlihan said after Mr Kato was initially assaulted, he heard one of the revellers, Carrie Brigdale, aged 21, of 44 Mill House Flats, Mill Rd, Ennis, tell the others: “If this fella lives, we’re in big trouble.” One of the males replied “Cut his throat”.

Six of the party-goers, including Ms Brigdale, have pleaded guilty to violent disorder at Parnell Court, Ennis, on Oct 31, 2010 — two others are not before the court, with one outside the jurisdiction and a second deceased.

Mr Kato said that one of the female revellers hit him with a large rectangular mirror with the shards going everywhere.

He was then held down by the others and Ms Brigdale took a shard of glass from a broken mirror to cut his throat and then headbutted him.

Mr Kato was placed face down on a bed and was stabbed multiple times in the back with the shards of mirror by persons he couldn’t identify to gardaí.

In his victim impact statement, Mr Kato said he has been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder as a result of the attack. He said: “Thank God, I am alive.”

The group robbed €1,640 in cash along with two laptops and iPhone.

The gang then dragged Mr Kato onto the landing and left the apartment.

Mr Kato called the gardaí and was transferred to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick for surgery.

Sgt Houlihan said Ms Brigdale told gardaí it wasn’t her intention to badly hurt Mr Kato, “just a small bit of pain, like”, and admitted to stabbing him twice in the neck.

The garda said that Ms Brigdale had the most serious role in the incident.

Brian McInerney, defending Ms Brigdale, said that his client is about to give birth to a third baby any day and was a heroin addict in the past. “She ended up a very troubled person and is in need of considerable help.”

Judge Carroll Moran will pass sentence on Jun 24 at Ennis Circuit Court.


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