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Man (20) jailed for his role in violent stabbing attack in Dublin bookies

Griffin was jailed for his role in the violent attack in a Ladbrokes bookmakers
Griffin was jailed for his role in the violent attack in a Ladbrokes bookmakers

A man has been given a three-year sentence for his involvement in a violent attack in a Dublin bookies.

Jamie Griffin (20) of Iveagh Trust building, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to affray in Ladbrokes bookmakers in the Killinarden, Tallaght, Dublin on December 13, 2012.

Fiona McGowan BL, prosecuting, told the court that Griffin and two other men entered the bookies at 5.30pm on the day in question and headed straight for a customer standing in the middle of the shop.

One of the attackers had a short blade and began stabbing the man repeatedly. The court heard that customers were still being served as this was taking place.

The victim’s brother, who was also on the premises, intervened and tried to get the attackers to stop. The three men eventually stopped and left the bookies, but a short while later returned and proceeded to attack the victim’s brother.

Judge Martin Nolan heard that gardai were called to the scene and both injured men were transferred to Tallaght Hospital. One man had multiple stab wounds and the other had a broken hand. The injured parties refused to cooperate with the gardai.

CCTV footage of the bookies was later viewed and Griffin was arrested and later charged.

Griffin, who is already serving a six year sentence on another charge,  has 13 previous convictions including violent disorder and possession of illicit drugs.

Ronan Kennedy BL, defending, told the court the Griffin was the youngest of the three men involved and he expressed remorse and regret at what he had done. He is seeking help for his aggression and completing an Alternative to Violence course in custody.

Judge Nolan took into account the fact that Griffin was only 17 at the time of the offence, and handed down a three-year custodial sentence with the last year suspended on condition that he be of good behaviour.

The two other men involved in the attack were charged with violent disorder and are being dealt with separately by the courts.

Angela Mullin