The stabbing of a Mallow teenager outside a garage was so frenzied and nasty that the attacker broke the Stanley blade during the incident and then stopped to adjust the remainder of the blade before continuing to slash the victim.
That was the evidence given at Cork Circuit Criminal Court by Detective Garda Aidan Long as 19-year-old Childo Emeaugbor of 9 Summerhill, Mallow, was sentenced to two and a half years in jail backdated to January and with the last six months suspended.
The 17-year-old victim was left with a long facial scar and is now growing a beard in an attempt to conceal it, Garda Long said.
Chindo Emeaugbor pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to the teenager at Applegreen, Spa Square, Mallow on November 3, 2019.
Det Garda Aidan Long said the teenager came into Mallow Garda Station with his mother to report the attack.
He was bleeding heavily from a laceration from just below his left ear down to his chin and his clothing had been cut and his shoe sliced in the attack and he was highly distraught and traumatised.
CCTV footage from the area showed Emeaugbor and two others approaching the injured party before Emeaugbor attacked him with a Stanley knife.
He said that Emeaugbor could be seen stabbing the injured party and when part of the blade of the Stanley knife broke off when stabbing the youth in the back, he extended the blade again and slashed him across the face with it.
He also continued attacking the youth slashing his clothing and even slicing open his shoes in what was a frenzied and sustained assault.
He said that the attack happened after Emeaugbor had demanded that the youth hand over his mobile phone to him and when the youth refused, Emeaugbor produced the Stanley knife and began attacking him.
The accused fled to the UK but was arrested on his return in January and interviewed at length and made full admissions but claimed the attack resulted from the fact that the youth owed him €300 after he had paid off a debt on the youth’s behalf.
Det Garda Long said that Embeaubor had a total of nine previous convictions including three for possession of drugs and one for public order.
Det Garda Long said Embaugbor showed no remorse initially when he was being interviewed and became so aggressive at one point during the interview that he had to be placed back in a detention cell.
Judge Sean O Donnabhain said it was “a very nasty assault” and the fact that he had used a knife and used it repeatedly to attack his victim were aggravating factors in the case, the judge added.