Tuesday 21 November 2017

Barman stabbed man he caught in bed with ex

Michael Bonner at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court
Michael Bonner at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A barman has received a three-year suspended sentence for stabbing a man with a steak knife after finding him in bed with his ex-partner.

Michael Bonner (43), of Laurel Lodge, Castleknock, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to Gary Dawnay on August 14, 2013 at Hayworth Terrace, Ongar, Dublin.

The injured man was stabbed twice in the shoulder, causing his left lung to collapse.

Judge Desmond Hogan said there was little pre-meditation involved and the attack was "something of the moment, carried out in a frenzied way".

He said Bonner had committed a very serious offence and reacted "totally disproportionately" to finding his ex-partner in bed with another man.

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He acknowledged that Bonner was "unlikely to re-offend", suspended the sentence for three years and ordered that he undergo any alcohol treatment programme deemed necessary.

He further ordered that the €3,000 Bonner had raised as a token of remorse be handed over to the injured party.

Gda Alan Reddy told Gerardine Small, prosecuting, that Mr Dawnay had begun seeing Bonner's ex-partner a few weeks earlier.

On the night, Mr Dawnay was drinking with friends at home when his girlfriend texted him to come down to her house.

He arrived and they chatted and then went into the bedroom. Some time after 3am, Bonner let himself in and barged into the bedroom with a knife from a kitchen drawer.

Mr Dawnay and the woman both jumped out of bed and tried to block Bonner.

Bonner threatened to kill Mr Dawnay, saying: "Stay away from my family, this is a warning."

Mr Dawnay was stabbed twice in the shoulder and his thumb was sliced.


Gardai were called and found Bonner being restrained by a group of people.

Mr Dawnay was taken to hospital where his shoulder wounds were stitched and his chest was X-rayed as he was having difficulty breathing.

His lung had partially collapsed and a large chest drain was inserted.

On arrest, Bonner immediately admitted the stabbing and apologised. He said he had drunk eight or nine pints.

Patrick Reynolds, defending, said Bonner "lost it" when he went to the house, at a time when his family life was disintegrating around him.

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