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Thursday 19 October 2017

Knife attack left ex's neck scarred for life

A YOUNG man with psychiatric problems who cut his former girlfriend's neck with a Stanley knife leaving her with permanent scarring has been given a five-year sentence.

Rodney Byrne (25) cut the woman's neck and stabbed her arm after calling her "a tramp", creating a superficial wound which required 36 stitches and left a permanent scar.

Byrne, of Priorswood House, Coolock, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing serious harm at Ferrycarrig Road on August 9, 2009. Byrne has 48 previous district court convictions.



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Judge Katherine Delahunt told Byrne: "This woman is very traumatised and has been left with permanent scarring in a very visible location." She noted however that Byrne was "still a young man with a future and needs some assistance."

She imposed a five-year sentence with the final year suspended on strict conditions.

As Byrne was lead to the cells by prison officers he told Judge Delahunt: "I am very sorry for what I did."

Garda Thomas Galligan told Cathleen Noctor, prosecuting, that Byrne and his then partner were at home drinking that evening when he became aggressive at about 8.30 pm. He started calling her "a tramp" and saying she had "been with everyone".

He persisted in the abuse until about 10 pm when he started threatening to cut her. He took a Stanley knife and put it to her throat. She was cut on her neck and when she tried to push him away he cut her arm.

Byrne ran from the house and a neighbour came to the woman's aid putting a towel to her neck. He was arrested nearby and appeared intoxicated. He shouted: "I stabbed her and I hope I killed her."

The woman was treated for 15cm superficial wound to the front of her neck and a small wound to her left arm. She received 36 stitches to her neck and 12 to her arm. Doctors said she will be left with a permanent extensive scar.

Philipp Rahn, defending, said that Byrne, who suffers mental health problems, had been homeless and in and out of institutions for much of his life with little parental support.

Mr Rahn said that Byrne felt profound regret and could not believe what he had done.

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