Partygoer stabbed Belfast man four times after fist fight
A 21-year old who stabbed a man four times outside a block of flats in north Belfast following a fist-fight has been handed a three-year sentence.
The victim was stabbed three times in the body and once in the head by Patrick John Deeney, who had 40 previous convictions.
The stabbed man's girlfriend, who was 17 at the time, was also assaulted by Deeney who pulled her to the ground by the hair.
Telling Deeney, from the Antrim Road, that the offences he committed were very serious, Judge Patricia Smyth told Deeney he will spend 12 months in custody, followed by a two-year period on licence.
The stabbing occurred outside flats in the Queen Victoria Gardens area of Belfast on Saturday March 4, 2017.
A party was being held in one of the flats, and when the occupant asked the revellers to keep the noise down, some of them left the party and stood in the stairwell. An argument then ensued, with Deeney and the other man becoming involved in a fight.
Deeney left the scene briefly, but returned and said "come and fight me again". Punches were thrown, then the injured party felt an "incredible pain" to his right side.
He put his hand up his top, found it was covered in blood, then felt a bang from behind on his head. The court heard he managed to go home but collapsed. His mother called an ambulance and he was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, where he was treated for four stab wounds.
The young victim sustained a punctured lung and required staples for the head wound.
Following the stabbing, Deeney returned to the party in the flat where he changed his clothes. He was arrested walking from the rear of the flats, and a blood-stained knife was later recovered from the flat.
During yesterday's sentencing at Belfast Crown Court, Judge Smyth told Deeney that his pleas to wounding, assaulting the man's girlfriend and possessing a knife had spared the injured man the ordeal of coming to court to give evidence.