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Man jailed for causing death of friend sentenced for pulling knife out during row

Robinson was jailed for four and a half years after pleading guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of Alex Doyle
Robinson was jailed for four and a half years after pleading guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of Alex Doyle

A Dublin man who was jailed earlier this year for causing the death of his best friend by dangerous driving has been further sentenced for pulling a knife on a man after an early-morning drinking binge.

Joseph Robinson (26) of Cuffe Street, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to affray and production of a knife during a dispute at Deerpark Lodge, Kiltipper, Tallaght on May 17, 2014.

The court heard that last January Robinson was jailed for four and a half years after pleading guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of Alex Doyle (25) at Mount Brown, Old Kilmainham on June 8, 2014.

Mr Doyle suffered head injuries and a severed arm when he was flung from the passenger seat.

Read: "Tell his Ma, I'm sorry": Man charged over taxi death.

Today, Judge Pauline Codd suspended a two year prison for the earlier offences.

The sentence is to run consecutive to his current sentence, but is suspended for two-and-a-half years.

Garda Geraldine Ross told the court that at around ten in the morning on May 17 last year (2014) gardai responded to reports of a fight at the back of Deerpark Lodge.

She said that when she arrived on the scene she witnessed five people all involved in a fight and that a large number of members of the public were also present, including "children out playing in the good weather".

She said she saw Robinson being struck by a male at which point Robinson pulled a knife with a five-and-a-half inch blade and pointed it in the direction of his assailant.

Gda Ross said she saw Robinson "attempt to strike the man with the knife" and she rang for assistance.

Another garda positioned himself between the two and repeatedly instructed him to desist but Robinson was "still advancing", forcing this garda to strike Robinson in his upper body a number of times with his baton.

The defendant then fell to the ground and threw the knife away but two females tried to "involve" themselves in the fracas and had to be restrained by Gda Ross.

Robinsons's 64 previous offences include drink driving, drug-possession, criminal damage, assault causing harm, failing to appear in court, theft and trespass and road traffic offences.

Defending barrister David Staunton BL said his client and others had been involved in a dispute after drinking through till morning from the night before.

Mr Staunton said his client had a history of drink and drug abuse from the age of eleven and fell in with a "negative peer group".

He said Robinson recalled little of the incident and that he "profusely apologised" to gardai. The father-of-two is getting on "well" in custody, where he has completed his Junior Cert and a FAS course.

By Declan Brennan