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Ex addict pointed knife at flatmate before his girlfriend poured boiling water over man's head

Ex addict pointed knife at flatmate before his girlfriend poured boiling water over man's head

A recovering drug addict who pointed a knife at his flatmate before his girlfriend poured boiling water over the man's head has been given a six month suspended sentence.

Val Mannion (40) pleaded guilty to pointing a knife at his flatmate, Brian Kelly, at their flat on Prussia Street, Dublin on June 27, 2015.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Mannion, his girlfriend and Mr Kelly were having an apparently amicable conversation in their home when Mannion suddenly started screaming at Mr Kelly and pointed a knife at him.

Garda Louise Moran told the court Mannion's girlfriend then poured sugar into a kettle of boiling water and poured it over Mr Kelly's head.

Mr Kelly suffered significant injuries and was left with scarring.

The court heard Mannion had nothing to do with this attack and had no idea it was going to happen. He did not assault Mr Kelly in any way.

Defence barrister David Staunton said his client was extremely remorseful and had co-operated with gardaí. He was “besotted” with his girlfriend, he added.

Apologising in court, Mannion said, “If I could have taken the kettle off [my girlfriend], I would have...I wasn't thinking right.”

His girlfriend is due to be sentenced for the assault in May.

The court heard Mannion has 25 previous convictions, mostly related to drug abuse.

Judge Terence O'Sullivan accepted Mannion was genuinely remorseful and noted he had no history of violence.

He sentenced him to a suspended six month sentence on a number of conditions, including that he be of good behaviour and pay a €100 bond.