Town ‘nuisance’ jailed for 3 years over stabbing

A MAN described as a nuisance to Dungarvan was jailed for three years yesterday for stabbing a man he claimed had “propositioned” him during a party.

Brian Veale, 25, from 53 Kyne Park, Abbeyside, Dungarvan in Co Waterford, pleaded guilty at Waterford Circuit Court to assaulting Paul Allen, causing him harm, at 5 The Beeches, Dungarvan, on April 25 last, and to producing an offensive weapon (a knife).

He told gardaí he stabbed Mr Allen because he had been propositioned by him.

But the court was told that in his victim impact statement, Mr Allen denied making any such approach and said he thought he was attacked because he was gay.

Veale’s defence counsel, David Bulbulia BL, said this was not a case of “gay bashing” and said his client took exception to being propositioned.

Judge Rory MacCabe said Veale could have been facing a murder or attempted murder charge and he jailed Veale for three years for each of the offences, to run concurrently.

Detective Garda John Fleming told the court that Mr Allen was drinking with three people, including Veale, at his home at 5 The Beeches on the night of April 24.

Just Mr Allen and Veale were in the house when the assault took place between 3.30am and 3.45am, Det Garda Fleming said.

Veale got a knife from the kitchen and stabbed Mr Allen three times in the left shoulder, three times in the left arm and once in the back.

Mr Allen’s arm nerves were damaged, resulting in the loss of feeling to one of his fingers.

Prosecuting counsel, Noel Whelan BL, said the injuries had also triggered the victim’s Tourette’s Syndrome.

A probation report said there was a high risk that Veale would re-offend.

Judge MacCabe was told Veale had 88 previous convictions, including more than 40 public order offences, assault, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of drugs, dating back to 2000.

Mr Bulbulia admitted his client was “a nuisance to Dungarvan” but said earlier offences were at the lower end of the crime scale.

Judge MacCabe imposed his sentence and backdated it to April.

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