A Dublin man has been sentenced to eight years for stabbing his friend in the stomach and chest leaving him with life-threatening injuries.
Jason Curry (aged 23), who was acquitted of the murder of David Rooney (aged 35) at the Central Criminal Court in October 2009, has a number of previous convictions including another eight-year sentence for stabbing his aunt’s partner in June 2006.
Judge Patrick McCartan had suspended the final three years of that sentence, which was handed down in March 2010.
The sentence had been backdated to reflect time that Curry had spent on remand in prison. He was under the suspended portion of this term when he stabbed Shane Day in Ballinteer in June 2012.
This suspended sentence was re-activated in March 2013 and backdated to October 2012 after Judge McCartan was made aware of this case.
Curry of Leighlin Road, Crumlin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting Mr Day causing him serious harm on June 6, 2012.
Garda Raymond Regan told Vincent Heneghan BL, prosecuting, that gardaí who were called to the scene found Mr Day “blue in colour and not responding”.
They performed first aid on him until an ambulance crew arrived and took him to St Vincent’s Hospital.
He was treated for two stab wounds to the chest and four to the stomach. His injuries were considered life threatening and he spent 23 days in hospital.
Mr Day later went on to make a full recovery but a medical report noted that he has an on-going difficulty with his leg.
Curry has 25 previous convictions including the sentence handed down in March 2010. He also has convictions for blackmail and extortion and making a false report to gardaí. His first recorded offence was possession of a flick knife.
Judge Mary Ellen Ring today commented that the gardaí who arrived on the scene “perhaps saved Mr Day’s life”.
She acknowledged that Curry had “atrocious and tragic family circumstances” and “fell into contact with the justice system from an early age”.
“Perhaps he never had a chance at the start but he has done nothing while at liberty to better himself,” Judge Ring said, noting that he stabbed Mr Day with a three-year sentence hanging over him.
She sentenced him to eight years in prison consecutive to the term he is currently serving.
The final 18 months of the term was suspended on the condition that he engages with the Probation Service and is of good behaviour for those 18 months.