Man who left father of four disabled gets 10-year term

A 25-year-old man who left a hard-working Polish father of four with a permanent disability, has been handed a 10-year sentence in Tralee.

Brian Keane, of no fixed abode, had admitted assault causing serious harm to Kamil Fital, 47, at Woodbrook Lawn on November 11, 2014, at the Fital home.

He had also admitted assault causing harm to Mr Fital’s son Hubert, then aged 17, and three counts relating to theft and trespass.

Keane, adopted from a Russian orphanage, has spent most of his life in custody or in institutions. While he behaved as a model prisoner, he could not cope when at large, the Circuit Criminal Court in Tralee was told yesterday.

On November 11, 2014, at around 5.25 am, the Fital family were alerted by their dog and found Keane rummaging through their car.

Chased by Mr Fital Snr and his two sons, Keane produced a knife and stabbed Hubert, the younger son, in the forehead; the father intervened and was stabbed “multiple times” in both legs, his artery was severed and he received a major stab wound to the chest.

Mr Fital can no longer work as a painter and decorator and has been left permanently disabled, the court heard.

Judge Thomas O’Donnell imposed a sentence of 10 years. He suspended two and a half years on condition Keane be of good behaviour and under the direction of the Probation Service for two and a half years on his release. The sentence has been backdated to November 2014


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