Dublin man stabbed partner in the face with a fork as she held their infant son

Mr Gray was jailed for 21 months for the horrific attack
Mr Gray was jailed for 21 months for the horrific attack

A man has been jailed for 21 months for repeatedly stabbing his ex-partner in the face with a fork while she held their infant child.

The victim told Barry Gray (30) that he was going to hurt the child but he replied “that's not my son, I don't care, I'm going to kill myself anyway.” He then robbed €150 from the woman despite her telling him she needed the money for food for the baby.

Gray of Dominic Street Flats, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm and robbery of his former partner in her home on February 10, 2015.

Judge Martin Nolan said he must take into account that the child was present during the incident and that Gray has 47 previous convictions including several assaults and breaches of safety orders.

Garda Eimear Cantwell told prosecuting counsel Seamus Clarke BL that Gray had an on-off relationship with the woman and that they had a child together two years ago.

On the day of the assault they were not a couple but Gray was in the woman's flat and they were having what she described as a pleasant time.

However she then became frightened by how Gray was speaking and she told him she wanted him to leave. She went into the bedroom to feed the baby and Gray followed her in and began stabbing her with a fork, telling her “you won't say that to me again.”

The woman was holding the baby and trying to push him off to one side to keep him safe from Gray.

“That's your baby, you're going to hurt him. I love you, he loves you,” she told Gray during the attack.

Afterwards the woman could feel blood running down her face as Gray demanded money. He took €150, leaving the woman with €4.50.

Gray left and the woman went to a neighbour who called an ambulance. She was treated for several shallow stab wounds to her face, some of which are likely to leave scars.

Defence counsel John Maher BL said his client was “rightly ashamed of his actions” and had written a letter of apology to the victim and society.

He said Gray showed some promise as a footballer in his youth and once had trials for the Irish under 15s soccer team. He said he began taking cocaine at the age of 15 followed by crack and heroin later causing him to fall into “the predictable pattern of offending.”