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'got ya' Drug dealer jailed for cutting man's throat deemed 'very high risk' of re-offending

Gardai could see victim's windpipe after attacker ran full speed at him with a knife

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Sait Murrin

Sait Murrin

Sait Murrin

THIS is the vicious drug dealer deemed to be at a "very high risk of re-offending" who almost killed a man by stabbing him in the throat.

Sait Murrin (22) was jailed for just 30 months last week after being convicted of two separate attacks on men in Sligo last year, including one attack where he viciously stabbed a man in the throat.

Murrin, who has a number of convictions for drug dealing, shouted: "Ha, got ya," at Paul McMahon after stabbing him in the throat at Garavogue Villas in Sligo on May 26 last year.

He stabbed Mr McMahon, who is a drug addict, above the Adam's apple and Sligo Circuit Court heard he could have killed him but luckily the victim survived.

In a separate unrelated incident nine days earlier, Murrin chased barber Caleb Cox through Sligo before assaulting him at Wine Street Car Park and threatening to kill him and his family.

At the time of the attacks Murrin was walking the streets because he had been given a suspended sentence in Tipperary for another violent assault.

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Sait Murrin

Sait Murrin

Sait Murrin

He appeared in Sligo Circuit Court by video link from Castlerea Prison for his latest sentencing hearing.

Murrin has been on remand in prison since the knife attack last year and the court heard he has been involved in fighting while behind bars but has settled down in prison in recent months ahead of his sentence hearing.

Murrin pleaded guilty to the assaults on the two men with other related offences taken into account.

Judge Francis Comerford sentenced him to three years and one month with six months suspended for the attack on Mr McMahon and 17 months for the attack on Mr Cox.

He said he was taking a number of factors into consideration in mitigation, including an early guilty plea and Murrin's troubled background.

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The court heard Murrin started taking drugs at a young age, beginning with smoking cannabis when he was 12 and becoming involved in crime from his early teens.

Judge Comerford said a probation report on Murrin deemed him "at very high risk of re-offending". He added: "He had a harsh upbringing which might have affected his demeanour."

A previous sitting of Sligo Circuit Court heard evidence of the attack on Mr McMahon, who said he was walking along the Garavogue River on May 26 last year when he spotted Murrin, who ran at him full speed carrying a knife.

Mr McMahon said he pleaded with Murrin to drop the knife, but Murrin slashed his neck with the knife, causing a deep cut to his neck.

After stabbing him Murrin said: "Ha, got ya". Two men came along and told Murrin to leave the area and McMahon went to a friend's house to call an ambulance.

When Gardaí arrived at Mr McMahon's friend's house they saw he had a deep cut to his neck, and they could see his windpipe. Armed gardai later found Murrin hiding in the bathroom of his girlfriend's house.

Murrin was aggressive when he was being arrested and told them to f*** off and shouted abuse to them while being handcuffed.

As well as drug dealing, Murrin has a history of violence.

He previously assaulted a man with a beer bottle in a pub in Templemore, Co Tipperary, in March 2018 and was also arrested after swinging a hurley at gardai in Tipperary later that year.

He was given a six-month suspended sentence for those offences at Thurles District Court which was active when he was arrested for the Sligo offences.

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