A 20-year-old man who stabbed a friend after a day’s drinking in a city centre graveyard was yesterday handed a period of four years’ detention.
Francisco Antonio O’Brien, from Sliabh Dubh Walk in Belfast, will also spend two years on |probation when he is released for the "disgraceful attack" on victim Desmond McCausland.
Crown prosecutor Ciaran Murphy QC said Mr McCausland was 21 and living in Ballymurphy when he was stabbed at Belfast City Cemetery on June 10, 2007.
The prosecutor told Belfast Crown Court that Mr McCausland and O’Brien knew each other as they drank in the same public places and on the day in question they were amongst a group drinking in the cemetery in the Whiterock Road area of west Belfast.
O’Brien accused Mr McCausland of stealing from him, then when he denied it, stabbed Mr McCausland in the chest. Mr McCausland spent 11 days in hospital.
Sentencing O’Brien for the stabbing, the Judge said the attack could "easily" have resulted in Mr McCausland’s death.