The offender who slaughtered a person with a Stanley knife in a wooden chipper is jailed

Longford Circuit Court

Patrick Stokes (28), of Corboy, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford, has beforehand pleaded responsible to part 4 assault inflicting grievous hurt to Martin McDonagh on the Luigis Chipper on Primary Avenue Longford on 5 April 2022.

This afternoon, Mr. Stokes entered a responsible plea in part three to assaulting the proprietor of the quick meals restaurant, Peter Vocella, who suffered a lower to his proper thumb in the course of the altercation.

Detective Sergeant Keelin Brennan, outlining the proof for Choose Kenneth Connolly, confirmed that an earlier altercation had taken place that day at a petroleum station on the outskirts of the city, throughout which Martin McDonagh allegedly swung a big stick at members of the police power. Stokes household.

Shortly afterwards, as Patrick Stokes and his spouse, Jacinta Stokes, had been driving down Longfords Primary Avenue, Mr McDonagh was noticed exterior Luigis prompting Mr Stokes to cease and confront him.

CCTV footage performed again in courtroom confirmed the within of the chipper, the place Mr McDonagh and Mr Stokes acquired into an altercation, leading to Mr Stokes producing a Stanley carpet knife and placing Mr McDonagh, making contact on a number of events.

The footage additionally confirmed Luigis’ proprietor Peter Vocella dashing to assist Mr. McDonagh.

When he opened the hatch, the altercation moved behind the counter and Mr. Vocella suffered a lower on his finger.

Mr McDonagh sustained a lot of critical accidents within the crash and, when ambulance employees arrived 35 minutes later, had critical issues for his well-being, as his accidents had been critical and life threatening.

Mr McDonagh, the courtroom heard, was very pale, had a lot of deep lacerations on his physique.

The location of a makeshift tourniquet tied by Mr Vocella saved his life, in response to a medical report by Mr Shahbaz Monsoor of Mullingar Hospital.

In his report, Mr. Monsoor confirmed that Mr. McDonagh suffered a lot of wounds in keeping with the stabbing, together with 4 intensive scalp wounds, leading to important blood loss.

His proper higher arm suffered a full-thickness laceration 10 centimeters in size.

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He additionally suffered a three-inch proper shoulder wound, two three-inch forearm wounds, an ear wound, a big again wound, and torso wounds.

He wanted a blood transfusion and CPR within the ER earlier than being rushed to surgical procedure.

He was initially transferred to the intensive care unit after which to the day ward, with Mr Mansoor saying his accidents might have been deadly.

A medical report regarding Mr. Vocella confirmed a laceration to his proper thumb, requiring stitches.

In a sufferer influence assertion learn to the courtroom by Det Sgt Brennan, Mr McDonagh labeled the incident a savage assault in broad daylight.

He says he lives for his small household, which incorporates his spouse, Kylie, and their three kids, ages six, 4 and 9 months.

His spouse, he stated, was pregnant with their youngest baby when this assault was carried out.

I’m ashamed to exit. I will not take my shirt off in public. I’m embarrassed to chop my hair, she stated, referring to the big variety of scars on her physique and head because of this incident.

She additionally stated she suffers from extreme melancholy and anxiousness.

Mr McDonagh praised the proprietor of the restaurant, Mr Vocella, stating that if it weren’t for Peter, I would not be right here and noting that the person acquired harm when he stepped in to assist.

I moved my household to England. I by no means thought Longford might ever be a protected place for me, Kylie or my household, she stated, referring to the assault as a bloodbath.

I’ve so many scars, it is inconceivable to cover them, he stated, including that if it weren’t for Kylie and my kids, I might quit, as a result of I do not reside, I simply exist.

Sergeant Brennan confirmed to the courtroom that this incident was a part of a long-standing feud between the 2 households which started in 2007 or 2008, earlier than Mr McDonagh arrived in Longford.

Martin McDonagh arrived in Longford round 2012 or 2014.

“There was no animosity till he acquired concerned with one other Stokes household and had an affair with one in all their daughters,” Det Sgt Brennan stated.

There have been a lot of incidents since then, he added, with the scenario hanging within the steadiness for a lot of years.

Mr. Stokes has a lot of related prior convictions, which had been offered to the courtroom by Det Sgt Brennan.

The latest of those was in Longford Circuit Courtroom when Mr Stokes was convicted of manufacturing an article, assault and affraying throughout an incident on Ballymahon Avenue through which Mr McDonagh was additionally the injured celebration.

In September 2019, he was convicted of assaulting Mullingar.

He was additionally convicted of felony harm in July 2018, however the harm was admitted to have been accomplished to the wing mirror of a automobile throughout an incident through which Mr Stokes himself was attacked.

Mr. Stokes, for his half, pleaded responsible on the earliest alternative and expressed regret for his wrongdoing.

He turned himself in to Garda after the accident occurred and cooperated absolutely.

He accepted that he dragged my household down.

In a letter of apology, which he learn to the courtroom and to Mr McDonagh at this time, Mr Stokes stated his actions that day nonetheless hang-out my thoughts and that I’ve felt nothing since then however disgrace, guilt and remorse.

These issues between our households have been happening for years and years and nothing good has ever come of it, simply harm and ache, she stated.

I hope that someday all this unhealthy feeling will finish and we will meet on the road.

In a separate letter to all who witnessed the incident, and to the individuals of Longford on the whole, Mr Stokes stated he was extraordinarily sorry to be the one that has prompted essentially the most unhealthy publicity in Longford.

I’m so sorry for everybody and I hope that sooner or later I can do one thing optimistic to make up for my wrongdoing, he stated.

Mr Stokes’ father, Martin Stokes, additionally turned to the witness to deal with the courtroom, expressing his concern for the youthful generations of the 2 households.

I’ve not been concerned (in combating) in any method for the previous 17 years, he stated.

My concern is that one thing occurred 17 years in the past and Martin and my son had been kids on the time. They had been buddies, and as quickly as Martin McDonagh acquired married, it began once more within the household.

I really feel sorry for this youthful technology who’re paying for one thing that occurred with their fathers and grandfathers.

“It is the youthful technology that has to pay for it. I wish to see this finish and for us all to get on with our lives.

Justice Connolly recommended Mr Martin Stokes for stepping ahead to assist his son and thanked him for doing so. He stated Mr McDonagh was butchered on the date in query.

I might beg the 2 households to hearken to Martin Stokes’ phrases and put an finish to this, he stated.

Turning to sentencing, Justice Connolly stated the incident was a completely vicious knife assault, which was indiscriminate to the areas the place Mr McDonagh was injured.

The accidents had been important, he stated, and it was very important that Dr Mansoor stated Mr McDonagh wanted a blood transfusion and resuscitation whereas within the emergency room.

Certainly, the hero of the second was Mr Vocella who tied a tourniquet round Mr McDonagh’s arm, he stated.

He famous that, along with the numerous bodily scars sustained by Mr. McDonagh, there have been important psychological scars, the results of which may very well be thought-about catastrophic.

In mitigation, Choose Connolly famous the early responsible plea, real regret proven by Mr. Stokes, in addition to willingness to pay compensation.

He set a capital sentence of 12 years’ imprisonment in reference to the Part 4 assault and, bearing in mind extenuating circumstances, lowered it to seven years and 6 months, suspending the final 12 months for a time period of three years.

In reference to the Part Three assault, he imposed a two-year sentence, which he lowered to at least one yr, to be served concurrently with the longer sentence. The manufacturing of an merchandise cost has been thought-about.

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