Psych nurse found guilty of stabbings after party

A psychiatric nurse has been convicted of stabbing three people after a row with his neighbours following an 18th birthday party.

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

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

The jury yesterday convicted him on the charge of seriously assaulting Mr Harte and assaulting Mr Lennon and Mr Toner Jr, causing them harm. He was also convicted of production of a knife.

Quinn was acquitted of the remaining charges.

The jury had deliberated for seven-and-a-half hours on day 11 of the trial before returning verdicts.

Quinn had his bail revoked and was remanded in custody until next week, when a date will be set for sentence.

Both Mr Lennon and Mr Toner Jr suffered single stab wounds to their abdomens.

Other medical evidence in relation to Mr Toner Sr, a convicted drug-dealer who has served jail terms in Ireland and Scotland, stated that he had part of his bowel removed during treatment for two stab wounds.

Mr Toner Sr told the court he had a “total block” as to what had happened.

“I have no real recollection of the night but there was chaos and shouting. The only thing I remember is getting hammered, drinking shots,” he said.

Mr Keogh had a liver laceration from a single stab wound below his rib cage.

The court heard that the stabbings took place after an altercation outside the two neighbouring houses escalated from “handbag stuff” into physical aggression.

Quinn told gardaí that he saw a “sea of faces” pushing in to his house and his partner being attacked by men at the door as she smoked outside.

He said he had grabbed a “pen or corkscrew” from his pocket and fought his way out of his house to come to his partner’s aid, but that he was “not sure what happened next”.

Quinn said he was struck on the head with a baseball bat and pulled through his hallway by eight or nine people. He told his counsel, Giollaíosa Ó Lideadha, that his memory of the event was “hazy or sketchy” because of the bangs to his head.


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