Man with ‘propensity for violence’ jailed after attack

A man with “a propensity to violence” has been jailed for seven years for an unprovoked and savage attack on a man.

Daniel Martin, aged 21, was also jailed for a stabbing incident on a Luas the previous year and a hijacking in Dublin City centre, during which he slashed the driver’s shoulder with a blade.

The court heard that Martin, who was raised by his grandmother, drank 16 cans of beer in one hour before he jumped into the passenger seat of Noel Comer’s vehicle while it was stopped at traffic lights.

He later told gardaí that he had just heard his terminally ill grandmother’s condition had deteriorated and, without her, he did not care about himself.

Martin was arrested in the days after the hijacking and was brought before the courts where he was charged with this and the earlier incident on the Luas.

The following month, he attacked Wayne Donovan in a case of mistaken identity. Martin used a broken bottle and a stick to beat Mr Donovan about the head and face.

Martin, of Rossfield Gardens in Tallaght, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of a weapon, unlawful seizure of a car, assault causing harm, and assault causing serious harm on dates between August 5, 2013 and June 15, 2014.


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