A woman who stabbed a doorman after watching her sister perform at a 'Dublin’s Got Talent' competition has been ordered to pay compensation to the victim.
Lindsey Hoey (aged 32) of Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin used a pink penknife to stab Ron Wynne in the hand and wrist during an altercation outside Hush nightclub.
Hoey had gone to Moran’s Hotel at the Red Cow, Dublin to support her sister who was singing in the competition and most of her family had gone into the nightclub afterwards.
She pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm at Moran’s Hotel on October 1, 2010.
Judge Martin Nolan said he would jail Hoey for three years if she did not collect €1,500 for the victim as a token of her remorse.
Garda Nollaig Meaney told Cormac Quinn BL, prosecuting, that two men started throwing punches at door staff after Hoey and others were refused entry into Hush nightclub.
When door staff managed to restrain the two men, Hoey began running towards them with a penknife in her hand.
The victim then grabbed her and she stabbed him twice. The court heard she continued to act aggressively afterwards and gardaí had to take the pink penknife from her by force.
The victim suffered damage to the nerves in his hand and his grip remains damaged. In a victim impact report he said he used to box as a sport, but had to give that up.
Lorcan Staines BL, defending, said his client is a former heroin addict and at the time she was upset because her sister was dying from cancer.
He said she apologised to Mr Wynne for the damage she had caused.
Judge Martin Nolan noted that Hoey had no previous convictions and is dependent on social welfare payments.
He imposed a suspended sentence of three years on the condition that she pays €1,500 to her victim.