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A drug addict from north Dublin who stabbed his friend in the back during a drunken row over a computer game has been jailed for three years and four months.
Jonathan Dwane (36) stuck a knife into his friend John Paul Bradley three times, lacerating his kidney, after the pair had a row over the Playstation game they were playing, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard today.
“I'm more than sorry,” Dwane told gardaí after Mr Bradley had been taken to hospital. “It happened on the spur of the moment. He's my mate of 20 years.”
Tributes paid to teenage 'best friends' stabbed to death by masked attackers at house party
Tributes have been paid to two teenage boys who were stabbed to death by masked attackers at a house party. Dom Ansah and Ben Gillham-Rice, both 17, were fatally injured at the private event in Archford Croft, Emerson Valley, Milton Keynes, on Saturday.One of the boys died at the scene in his friend's arms, a witness told the Daily Telegraph, while the other died in hospital.On Wednesday Thames Valley Police officially identified the pair, and revealed that Dom died from a stab wound to the back, while Ben was knifed in the chest.
Dwane, of Longdale Way, Ballymun, Dublin, pleaded guilty to one count of assault causing harm to Mr Bradley at the same address on January 17, 2017. Another count of producing a knife was taken into consideration.
Jailing him for 40 months, Judge Martin Nolan said Dwane's actions were “a gross over-reaction, to put it at its mildest”.
“It was fortunate for everybody that the injured party made a full recovery,” the judge said.
Detective Garda Ronan McMorrow told Philipp Rahn BL, prosecuting, that the two friends had been drinking during the day and met again later that night in Dwane's house, where he lived with his father.
The pair were playing computer games in Dwane's bedroom and drinking beer and whiskey when they had a row about the computer game. They also exchanged words over a bag of heroin that had apparently gone missing from Dwane's room.
Second man charged with murdering teens at house party
A second man has been charged with murdering two teenagers and trying to kill two others at a house party in Milton Keynes. Earl Bevans, 22, faces two counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder after Dom Ansah and Ben Gillham-Rice, both 17, died last Saturday.On Thursday another man, Charlie Chandler, was charged with the same offences.The two boys were found with knife injuries after police were called to the Emerson Valley area of the town just before midnight on Saturday.Police said that Dom Ansah died from a stab wound to the back, while Ben Gillham-Rice was stabbed in the chest.
The court heard Mr Bradley was still playing the game a few minutes later when he felt three sharp jabs in his back and turned to see Dwane holding a knife. The pair grappled with the weapon, before Dwane's father came into the room and disarmed his son.
There was a substantial amount of blood in the bedroom, the court heard. Mr Bradley was taken to hospital where he underwent surgery for a laceration to his kidney. He declined to make a victim impact statement.
When interviewed by gardaí, Dwane apologised for stabbing his friend. He said he kept a knife on his bedside locker “for protection”.
Both men are long-standing drug addicts, the court heard. Dwane has a number of convictions for public order and drug offences.
Padraig Dwyer SC, defending, said his client had a history of mental illness, which the court heard had been exacerbated by drug-taking. He is on anti-psychotic medication and methadone for heroin addiction. He has two young children with his partner.
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44 stations were only connected to the internet for the first time during the past 12 months .Gardai based in 46 of the State’s 565 stations are required to travel to their local district headquarters if they need to use the internet or access the Garda database, PULSE.The number of unconnected stations has been almost halved in the past year, and options for providing access to IT services at unnetworked locations are currently being explored, the minister for justice has said.
Judge Nolan said the assault was extremely serious and at the higher end of the scale. It had been carried out at the “slightest provocation”, he noted.
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