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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Man sentenced to 3 years for city stab attack

A man who carried out a vicious assault on another man in the city two years ago has been jailed at Limerick Circuit Court.

27 year old Gerard Bourke had pleaded guilty to assault causing harm after he stabbed his 24 year old victim in the neck on Cecil Street on the 16th of April 2007.

The victim was sitting in a car on the street when Mr. Bourke approached and stabbed him multiple times in the neck and shoulder.

In court Thursday Judge Carroll Moran said he was “bound by the prescribed maximum sentence for the offence of 5 years” which he said “in some cases is too low.”

Judge Moran then proceeded to sentence the defendant to 3 and half years in jail, backdating it to October of last year when he was arrested.

The judge said he had to take into account the defendant’s guilty plea when handing out the sentence.

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