By Brion Hoban
A teenager who stabbed a man who did not give him a cigarette with a screwdriver has been jailed for ten months.
Dubliner Ross Crea (18), of Hardwicke Street in the city centre, was aged 16 when he committed the “completely senseless act of violence”
Upon his arrest he was “extremely intoxicated” to the point of being unable to get to his feet in a garda station, Dublin Circuit Court heard.
He pleaded guilty to assault causing harm at Cope Street, Dublin 2 on April 18, 2019. His previous convictions include robbery, attempted robbery and criminal damage.
Garda Stephen Wade said in the early hours of the morning on the date in question, the victim had left his place of work with a friend and was walking in the city centre when he was approached by the accused and another person.
Crea asked them for a cigarette, but they said they did not smoke and tried to leave. Wade blocked them from leaving and stabbed the victim in the shoulder with a screwdriver before running away.
The victim sustained a puncture wound to his shoulder. He has since returned to his home country.
The garda agreed on cross examination that Crea was “extremely intoxicated” upon his arrest and was unable to get to his feet in a garda station. He agreed the screwdriver had the diameter and the length of a pen.
Counsel said Crea had previously been living with his grandmother and had moved back to the city centre to live with his mother and step-father after they had come out of a period of homelessness.
Counsel said there was a lack of structure in which her client was not attending school, was staying out late at night, and was drinking alcohol and taking pills.
She said this was “a completely senseless act of violence”. She said her client has little recollection of the offence, but he accepts full responsibility for it and is remorseful.
Judge Martin Nolan said that “thankfully it was not a serious injury”. He said the accused does deserve a custodial sentence, but that it was be lessened on the basis of his youth at the time and the hope for rehabilitation.
Judge Nolan sentenced Crea to two years imprisonment, but suspended the final 14 months on strict conditions.