Nurse accused of assaulting six people after party

A psychiatric nurse has gone on trial accused of stabbing and assaulting six people after an 18th birthday party.

Brian Quinn, aged 46, previously of Kiltipper in Tallaght, now living in Balbriggan, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to James Toner Sr, Stephen Keogh, and Lee Harte on Oct 9, 2011, at Deer Park Avenue.

He pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm to Kurtis Lennon, James Toner Jr, and Robert Ryan. He pleaded not guilty to the production of a knife.

Mr Harte, aged 20, of Donaghmore Park in Tallaght, told Paul Carroll BL, prosecuting, he was stabbed in the leg, stomach, and liver by Mr Quinn.

He said he was attending his friend Mr Toner’s 18th birthday party and at around 2am he left with his cousin Mr Ryan.

He said while he and Mr Ryan were leaving, he saw Mr Quinn and his partner standing outside.

He claimed Mr Quinn’s girlfriend started screaming “I’m sick of ye scumbags, tomorrow morning you will all be burnt out”.

“I told Gabrielle the party was over and that she shouldn’t complain but she was highly angry,” said Mr Harte.

“I told Mr Quinn to bring Gabrielle inside as she was angry and he said ‘I know,’ but the woman kept shouting ‘scumbags’.”

He claimed Mr Quinn then grabbed him and he fell half way into Mr Quinn’s house. He said his cousin Robert walked into Mr Quinn’s house and Mr Quinn and Robert “started hitting each other”.

“I seen a knife in Mr Quinn’s hand. I pushed him and he fell onto the stairs and I screamed at Robert that he shouldn’t have walked into the house,” said Mr Harte.

He said Robert left the house and Mr Quinn stabbed him in the leg.

He said when he got out of the house Gabrielle was in the front garden with a baton in her hand.
Giollaíosa Ó Lideadha SC, defending, put it to Mr Harte that he and his friends had “invaded Mr Quinn’s house and put him and his partner Gabrielle in fear of immediate death with violence and that anything Mr Quinn did was to protect himself”.

“No, he dragged me into his house. He knew what he was doing,” said Mr Harte. He claimed the only time he hit Mr Quinn was when “he had a knife in my stomach”.

The trial continues.


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