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Saturday 21 October 2017

Mum whose frolics on couch led son to stab lover is silent on affair

THE MUM whose son "snapped" when he found her having sex on the sofa with a man says she won't be commenting on the affair.

Tracey Carolan and her partner Sean O'Riordan were naked in the living room when her son Daniel Ward (21) stepped in to get a lighter -- and spotted the couple.

An angry Ward then chased O'Riordan down the road after arming himself with a knife from the kitchen, and attacked him.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court this week heard that Ward, of Bawnlea Close in Tallaght, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Mr O'Riordan on August 5, 2008.

Ms Carolan told the Herald she had no comment to make on the issue.

Detective Garda Eamonn Ryan gave evidence that Mr O'Riordan was attending a friend's birthday drinks in Clondalkin village on that day.

He was texting Ward's mother during the day as they had been "seeing each other on and off".

"He had made arrangements to call to her and she agreed with him," said Det Ryan.

"Ms Carolan texted him her address and he arrived around 1 am to her house in a taxi," he added.

Ms Carolan and Mr O'Riordan were having sex on the sofa in the sitting room when Ward popped his head round the door.

He was looking for a lighter to light his cigarette before he went to bed, the court heard.

Both parties were naked and Mr O'Riordan quickly got dressed and ran out of the house.

The defendant told gardai he did not know the man and ran into the kitchen where he armed himself with a knife and ran up the road after Mr O'Riordan, Det Ryan explained.

Mr O'Riordan told gardai he was out of breath and had to stop running, and a scuffle ensued between him and Ward.

"Mr O'Riordan fell onto a traffic island and then realised he was bleeding heavily and a knife was lodged into his left knee," said Det Ryan.

He was taken to Tallaght Hospital where it was discovered he had a total of six stab wounds including stab wounds to his knees, shoulder and upper thighs.



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Counsel for the prosecution, Mr Ronan Kennedy, said Ward had "drank four pints of Bulmers" that night and felt "very angry and felt disrespected when he saw a stranger in his home".

Defence counsel, Mr Hugh Hartnett SC, said Ward was hard-working and had a good record of employment.

He asked Det Ryan if he would accept the accused had "lost his head and snapped", to which he replied "yes".

He also said that he showed remorse to the victim.

cfeehan@herald.ie

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