A person who was stabbed within the face in a totally unprovoked assault says he fears for his son’s security after his attacker advised him he was subsequent.
Alex McAnena suffered facial accidents after being set upon as he walked out of a store in Stranorlar, on April twenty fourth, 2021.
His attacker, Christopher McDaid, appeared earlier than Letterkenny Circuit Court docket charged with assault inflicting hurt and in addition producing an article.
McDaid initially lunged ahead and head-butted Mr Anena earlier than producing a knife and placing his sufferer within the face.
Mr McAnena suffered a deep lower on his cheek and underneath his proper eye and in addition suffered a blackened eye.
McDaid, aged 33, then shouted at his sufferer that he was going to get his son and put him within the boot of a automotive.
The sufferer ran again into the store and Gardai arrived.
Garda Ronan Morris gave particulars of the terrifying incident to the courtroom.
He advised how CCTV footage from the store confirmed among the incident however not the precise assault though it did present McDaid lunging at his sufferer earlier than going off digicam once more.
Mr McAnena didn’t seem in courtroom however did provide a sufferer impression assertion which was learn out in courtroom.
He advised that for the reason that incident he has been unable to go and see his son in Belfast as a lot as he’s afraid of ready on the bus cease to get a elevate.
He additionally stated how he lived in concern and was at all times checking in and round his condominium as he lived on the bottom flooring and was afraid for his personal security.
He stated that for the reason that incident he had seen McDaid, whose handle was given as Hillhead, Castlefin on courtroom paperwork, strolling across the city with a hurley stick in his hand.
He added that his essential concern was for his son including that if the difficulty isn’t addressed appropriately then he thought McDaid has the potential to “kill somebody ultimately.”
“I used to be lower within the eye however subsequent time he might lower somebody’s throat,” stated Mr Anena.
The courtroom was additionally advised that McDaid has seven earlier convictions relationship again to 2015 together with prices for assault, having medicine on the market or provide, visitors and public order.
Ms Rosemary Finn, the godmother and aunt of the accused man, stated she has had an extended reference to Christopher McDaid for the reason that day he was born.
The devoted relative stated that McDaid’s father, who’s her brother, doesn’t have a relationship together with his son and principally doesn’t need something to do with him.
Since this incident nonetheless, she stated McDaid has been doing nicely and has abstained from all alcohol and medicines and is attending AA conferences.
He nonetheless enjoys a very good relationship together with his two kids and has been allowed to remain in his grandfather’s dwelling near Ms Finn so long as he stays clear.
“He’s coping very nicely for the time being and is a modified man,” stated Ms Finn.
The courtroom was advised that McDaid has additionally attended each Whiteoaks and Hope Home remedy centres.
Talking on behalf of his shopper, barrister Mr Peter Nolan stated McDaid had admitted the offence which he admitted was very silly and one thing he was ashamed of.
Nevertheless, Mr Nolan added that his shopper had been recognized with paranoia and had dropped out of faculty early however had returned to schooling aged 22 to finish his Utilized Leaving Certificates.
He claimed McDaid stated he had been attacked earlier on the day of the incident and that was the explanation he was on the store claiming “they play sport in opposition to me, they’re all in opposition to me, it’s their weapon not my weapon.”
Mr Nolan stated the truth was that his shopper had undergone three psychiatric admissions for the reason that incident however the actuality was that McDaid was a person with pre-existing psychiatric circumstances however on this specific day it had come to a head.
Mr Nolan learn briefly from two reviews by two totally different forensic psychologists.
Decide John Aylmer requested if there had been any incidents with Gardai since this matter, Mr Nolan stated he was not conscious of any however Garda Morris stated he couldn’t say.
Decide Aylmer adjourned the case till subsequent week for ultimate sentencing to permit him time to learn the medical reviews and in addition to make clear if the accused had come to the eye of the Gardai since.
Sufferer fears for son’s security after being stabbed outdoors store was final modified: June twenty second, 2023 by