A young man who stabbed a fellow resident in a south Belfast hostel, has been handed a five-and-a-half year sentence.
Darren Mulvenna, from McDonnell Street in the city, was informed yesterday that he will serve half the sentence in custody, whilst the remaining two years and nine months will be served on licence upon his release.
Belfast Crown Court heard the knife attack - during which the victim sustained a potentially life-threatening wound - occurred in the reception area of the Belfast Foyer hostel, after the pair had been fighting outside.
The injured party was rushed to hospital and required surgery.
Following the stabbing, which occurred on the Malone Road on March 28 last year, Mulvenna initially apologised and offered assistance before fleeing the scene.
He was apprehended at a later date, and during police interview, he minimised his role and didn't initially accept his culpability.
A Crown prosecutor told the court, that prior to the incident, Mulvenna had a criminal record, which includes offences for violence - but that the stabbing represented "a significant escalation in the severity of his offending".
Defence barrister Richard Greene QC, said his client "remains at something of a loss to explain why he did what he did" and also spoke of a "very confused picture" prior to the stabbing, which included "conflict" between Mulvenna and the injured party.
Mr Greene also said that Mulvenna accepted both the wounding with intent charge, and also the charge of possessing an bladed article in a public place.