Monday 27 January 2020

Duo jailed after slashing man's face amid 'feud'

David Reilly
David Reilly

Two Dublin men have been jailed for assaulting a man in the course of a feud.

David Reilly (36) - the right-hand man of mobster Derek 'Dee Dee' O'Driscoll - and Daryl Howe (23) chased their victim into a house before Reilly slashed the man's face with a Stanley knife as he tried to hold a door shut against him, while Howe circled to the back of the house to prevent his escape.

Reilly, of Croftwood Grove, Ballyfermot, Dublin, and Howe, of Tay Lane, Rathcoole, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to Andrew Smith at Elmdale Park, Ballyfermot, on June 30, 2016.


"There was an ongoing feud, for want of a better word, between David Reilly, his associates and the Smith family," the prosecuting garda told Judge Martin Nolan, who asked for a reason for the attack.

Defence counsel for Reilly told the court the animosity had since dissipated and Mr Smith had indicated he did not wish for "family man" Reilly to go to jail.

Judge Martin Nolan said it was a very serious offence which left Mr Smith with a scar.

The judge took into account both men had expressed remorse, both were good fathers and both capable of work. He noted they had some history of offending but their records were "not too bad", and that Howe was "a follower" rather than the source of the issue.

He said he had come to the conclusion it was an offence at the higher end of an assault causing harm and could not consider a non-custodial sentence.

Keith Spencer BL, defending Reilly, said his client and Mr Smith had grown up together, lived in the same area but "for whatever reason over the years" had since fallen out with each other.

He said Reilly had acted on the day as no one should act and had committed "an explosive and violent crime".

Barry Ward BL, defending Howe, said his client was clearly "running with the hounds" on the day in question and described having a misplaced sense of loyalty.

Judge Nolan imposed a 27-month sentence on Reilly and a 18-month sentence on Howe, taking into account each man had spent nine months in custody on remand.

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