A YOUNG Londoner living in Cork felt under threat from a local man who had been sending him threatening texts so he armed himself with a scissors which he ended up using to stab the Cork man multiple times.
Now Ryan Compton, aged 30, has been jailed for four years with the last two years suspended.
Compton pleaded guilty at Cork Circuit Criminal Court to a charge assault causing serious harm to Nigel Walsh at Parnell Place on March 22, 2019, contrary to the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said, “Save for the surgical skill of Eimear O’Sullivan, Mr Walsh would have died.”
The injured party’s injuries from stab wounds included two punctured lungs.
The judge accepted that confrontations between the parties had occurred and that in the last one, it was Nigel Walsh who threw first punch at the defendant.
Looking at the aggravating factors, the judge said, “He purchased a scissors. He nearly killed him. There has to be a prison sentence.”
Garda Brian Barron testified that arising out a background row, the injured party, Nigel Walsh, had been sending hostile messages by text to the accused for a period of nine months.
On March 22, they bumped into each other at Grand Parade and Nigel Walsh gestured as if he was going to punch Ryan Compton.
Compton went into Dealz and bought scissors.
Garda Barron said they met again at the bus station. “Nigel Walsh approached him. The first punch was thrown by Nigel Walsh to Ryan Compton’s face.
"In a scuffle, Ryan Compton takes the scissors from his pocket and stabs Nigel Walsh a number of times in the body. When it stopped, Ryan Compton went to the bus station and dumped the scissors in a bin… Nigel Walsh was admitted to the Mercy hospital with life-threatening stab injuries. Most of the stab wounds were to his back,” Garda Barron said.
Sinead Behan, defence barrister, said the only reason the defendant had the scissors was because he was in fear of Nigel Walsh.
The judge said in relation to the defendant that outside of this incident, “No one disputed the young man’s character.”
Compton was living at 93 Woodvale Road, Beaumont, Cork.