An Inishowen man who used a broken bottle to attack a man leaving him with “horrific injuries” was jailed at Letterkenny Circuit Court for two years.
Barry Doherty of Dunross was charged with assault causing harm and the production of an article in the course of a dispute at Malin Road, Moville on June 20, 2015.
Evidence in the case was heard prior to last Thursday’s sitting of Lettterkenny Circuit Court but Judge John O’Hagan recapped the evidence prior to passing sentence.
He stated that on the day in question Mr Robert Kane had intervened to interrupt a fight where his friend had been knocked unconscious. While he did so he observed Doherty approach him with a bottle in his hand. Doherty struck him with the glass bottle, which shattered on impact, and he then used the broken bottle to make “several attempts to stab” him.
Two witnesses, Aoife McDonald and Daniel Gillespie, saw the attack.
Judge O’Hagan outlined that Mr Kane was stabbed in the back with serious injuries and was a “very lucky man”.
Mr Kane required 27 stitches for “very serious injures”.
The judge also outlined how he heard Doherty , 25, worked as a fisherman and came from a “good hard working family” but that he became “involved with a bad crowd”.
He added the defendant was “fine when sober” but when he drank or used other substances he was “liable to do anything”.
He said on the night the group he was with “deliberately” had gone out to look for a fight and Doherty accepts he had issues with alcohol and drugs and controlling his aggression.
Doherty is currently serving a prison sentence for other offences and has been a “model prisoner” who has undertaken a course in anger management.
He is serving a three year sentence and his release date is June, 2017.
The defendant also did not have any recollection of the incident and seemed “genuinely shocked” when he saw how serious the injuries he inflicted were.
He had 15 previous convictions for public order offences, burglary and road traffic offences.
Judge O’Hagan said he must punish him but not take revenge for the act and sentenced him to two years in prison on each offence.