A heroin addict who stabbed a shop manager in the chest during a robbery has been jailed for seven years by Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.
Daniel Ward attacked footwear shop manager Derek Kiely as he was making a night safe lodgement and was identified through a DNA sample taken from one of his shoes which the victim pulled off him at the scene.
Judge Michael White described the incident as "vicious and unprovoked" and said Mr Kiely could have been murdered. He said the fact that Ward stabbed his victim in the chest without warning or need was a disturbing and aggravating aspect of the case.
Ward (aged 33) of Moorefield Avenue, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to robbery of Mr Kiely and assault causing him harm on Ballyfermot Road on August 31, 2002. He had 18 previous convictions, including three for robbery.
Detective Garda Sean Fallon told Mr Shane Costelloe BL, prosecuting, that Mr Kiely was the manager of Tyler’s shoe shop in Ballyfermot and was lodging €5,000 at the Bank of Ireland night safe when Ward stabbed him in the chest, leg and hand and made off with the money which has not been recovered.
Mr Kiely was able to pull off one of his attacker’s shoes which contained a DNA sample. Ward initially pleaded not guilty to the charges but changed his plea to guilty on the third day of his trail.
Mr Kiely, a father of three, told Judge White that he has been "absolutely and utterly destroyed" by the attack and has been unable to work since. "My confidence is gone", he said. A medical report indicated that he now suffered from severe post traumatic stress disorder.
Mr Alan Toal BL, defending, said his client was "tremendously sorry for the hurt and grief he has caused to Mr Kiely".