A MAN who had a knife empaled in his face during a violent street fight has pleaded guilty to his involvement in the daylight attack along with three other men, The Sun reports. Joseph McNamara, 36, of O’Malley Park, Limerick, pleaded guilty at Limerick Circuit Court to using or threatening to use violence, on March 16th, 2014.
A co-accused, James Meehan, 38, of Georgian Villas, Old Cork Road, Limerick, also pleaded guilty today, to the same offence. Both men were remanded in custody for sentencing on July 20th. A photograph of a blood-stained McNamara with a kitchen knife stuck in his cheek, shown to the court, was previously described as “frightening” by Judge Tom O’Donnell.
The graphic evidence was produced during the sentencing of 26-year-old Craig McMahon, last January. The court heard McMahon has been studying physiology and anatomy while in custody, an irony, which judge O’Donnell remarked was “not lost” on the court. The fight involving, McMahon, McNamara, Meehan, and another man, occurred outside an off licence on Parnell Street in Limerick.
McMahon and a friend encountered McNamara and Meehan as they went to purchase alcohol. One of the men tried to pull McMahon to the ground and hit him with a bag of beer cans. McMahon pulled a knife from inside his jacket and stabbed McNamara in the face, as he exited the off licence.
The knife with a red handle, was lodged in McNamara’s cheek just below his left eye. McNamara was brought to University Hospital Limerick, but later transferred to Galway for specialised treatment. The entire vicious encounter, which lasted four minutes, was captured on security cameras.
McMahon’s defence counsel Mark Nicholas said his client was carrying the knife out of fear for his life at the time, and that he was under threat from serious criminals who wanted him dead. Since his detention McMahon, who apologised for his part in the fight, has embarked on a course on physiology and anatomy as well as an anger management course.
In his letter of apology which was read in court he claimed he “accidentally stabbed” McNamara, and that he has moved way from crime, and was in a relationship with “the light of his life”. Last January, McMahon was jailed for five years with the final 12 months suspended.
Imposing the sentence Judge Tom O’Donnell said McMahon’s use of a knife in public was “not acceptable in a civilised society”. Today, Judge O’Donnell remanded McNamara and Meehan in custody for sentencing on July 20th.