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Monday 5 October 2015

Knife attack was 'out of character'

By George Jackson

Published 14/12/2007

A former Derry City goalkeeper who admitted stabbing his daughter's boyfriend in the stomach with a knife was yesterday given a three-year jail sentence, suspended for two years.

Sentencing Eamon Quigley (54) of Abercorn Road, Judge Corinne Philpott QC said she accepted that Quigley's actions were "out of character" and that the incident followed a relationship between his daughter and her boyfriend which had "been peppered with incidents of domestic violence" .

Initially Quigley had denied a charge of unlawfully wounding with intent Sean Canning, (24), outside a house in Drummard Park last January 1. However when he was re-arraigned before the city's Crown Court yesterday, the prosecution accepted an admission to the lesser charge of wounding.

A prosecution barrister said that in response to a phone call from his daughter, Quigley went to her home at Drummard Park.

His daughter and her boyfriend had had a row after which Mr Canning had left the house.

The barrister said that, after telling his daughter to call the police, Quigley arrived armed with a small kitchen knife. He became involved in a punch-up with Mr Canning and stabbed him.

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