Alan Boohan, aged 34, of Glenogra, Fedamore, Co Limerick, was yesterday given a suspended sentence at Limerick Circuit Court for intentionally and recklessly causing serious harm to Eoghan O’Callaghan.
Boohan was found guilty by a jury two months ago after a three-day trial.
Before returning with their verdict, the jury asked Judge Tom O’Donnell if they could find that Boohan recklessly caused the injury, but it was not intentional.
Judge O’Donnell said they had to deal with the specific charge, but could add a rider.
The jury found Boohan guilty, and added a note to the verdict that they believed the accused did not intentionally cause the wound, but acted recklessly.
Evidence was given that the two men had attended a birthday party at Bulgaden Castle, Kilmallock. After the party, Boohan asked Mr O’Callaghan to drive his van home as he had some drink taken.
Mr O’Callaghan gave evidence that while driving he felt something at his throat and then discovered he had been slashed with a knife by the accused. He was rushed to hospital and received 38 staples to the wound.
Judge O’Donnell said through no fault of anybody there was a huge passage of time bringing the case to trial.
He imposed a three-year suspended sentence and ordered Boohan to pay €3,000 to Mr O’Callaghan within two years.