TWO Stanley knives were used by a teenager as he disfigured a 40-year-old man’s face and left him scarred for life.
That was the evidence from Detective Garda Alan Johnson at the sentencing hearing for Conor Greaney of 30 Fairfield Meadows, Upper Fairhill, at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.
Greaney pleaded guilty to the charge of assault causing serious harm to Alan Keane at Glenryan Road, Cork, on May 16.
Detective Garda Johnson said that when they arrived at the scene they saw Conor Greaney kneeling over the injured party who had significant facial injuries and two Stanley knives were found discarded nearby.
Tom Creed, defence senior counsel, said the young man accepted responsibility for his actions.
He also said that the background reports indicated that the young man was pleasant to deal with, provided he stayed away from alcohol and drugs.
Prosecution barrister Sinéad Behan said there was victim impact statement, which Det. Garda Johnson handed into court.
Judge Ó Donnabháin said after reading the report, “He will have scarring for life.”
There was no explanation for why the assault took place. Both parties had been drinking but were not known to each other.
Geaney got into the witness box to apologise from the bottom of his heart and said he was full of remorse and accepted that his violent actions had a huge impact on the victim.
He said he could not make any excuses for his behaviour. He said drugs and alcohol had a huge effect on his life.
“I would like to apologise to Mr Keane. I hope he has made a full recovery,” the defendant said.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin adjourned sentencing until February 18, 2020, with the accused remanded in custody until then.