A WOMAN who met her former partner in rehab inflicted a stab wound which left him needing a colostomy bag, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard.
Deborah Malcolmson, 43, admitted picking up a kitchen knife during a row and stabbing Brian Kelly, 56, in his home leaving him seriously injured.
He required ICU treatment and a lengthy stay at St James’s Hospital where the accused visited him and was witnessed swinging punches at him.
The court heard the couple had a “dysfunctional” and “combustible” relationship. Both had serious difficulties with alcohol and experienced periods of homelessness. They had met in rehab in 2012.
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Garda Gavin Cooke told Judge Martin Nolan that he had spoken to Mr Kelly who is cocooning in his home, on the phone but he was reluctant to meet to have a victim impact statement taken.
The court heard Malcolmson is also “effectively cocooning” in the Dochas Centre of Mountjoy prison but prior to this had been accessing the alcohol counsellor and making good use of prison service.
Malcolmson, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Mr Kelly at his home in Rathfarnham on July 29, 2019. She has 52 previous convictions.
She also pleaded guilty to making a threat to Mr Kelly’s son and assaulting Mr Kelly at St James Hospital on September 11, 2019.
Judge Nolan noted that the couple’s relationship became volatile when drink was taken, as was the case on the night of the stabbing.
He took into account the defendant’s long-term difficulties with alcohol but said she had been “well warned” about her tendency towards aggression when she drank.
He noted the starting point for sentencing was five years which is the maximum sentence for this offence.
He took into account mitigating factors including the plea of guilty and indicated he would impose three years imprisonment on the next date.
He adjourned the finalisation of sentencing until July 19 to allow Mr Kelly an opportunity to give victim impact evidence should he wish.
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