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Stab horror Violent drug dealer who stabbed two men lost brother to knife attack 

His brother Philip Finnegan was stabbed to death at Rahin Woods in Kildare in 2016 when Jason was just 13.

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Jason Finnegan. Pic: Collins Courts

Jason Finnegan. Pic: Collins Courts

Jason Finnegan. Pic: Collins Courts

A TEEN who stabbed two men, recorded an accomplice knifing another man and threatened to kill a woman lost his own brother to a fatal stab attack.

Jason Finnegan (19), from Mary Aikenhead House in Dublin, this week admitted to stabbing two men over a three month period and threatening to kill a woman.

Earlier this year he pleaded guilty to his involvement in another attack where he videoed his accomplice stabbing a man who owed a drug debt, before posting the horrific video on social media.

Finnegan, who is part of a violent new wave of young thugs with links to the drug trade, will be sentenced for the various attacks as well as other offences at Dublin Circuit Court in October.

Despite his willingness to use knives, the Sunday World can reveal Finnegan is more aware than most of the tragic consequences of knife crime.

His brother Philip Finnegan was stabbed to death at Rahin Woods in Kildare in 2016 when Jason was just 13.

Philip was stabbed multiple times before his body was found in a shallow grave in the woods near Edenderry on August 10, 2016. His remains were found on September 2 that year.

Stephen Penrose, of no fixed abode, has been charged with Philip Finnegan’s murder.

Jason Finnegan is linked to a network of drug dealers from Dublin’s south inner city and has been trying to make a name for himself with a series of knife attacks, some of which were on vulnerable drug users.

He also has a hatred towards gardai and recently mocked officers online after two gardai were injured in a gun attack in west Dublin. “Love to see that, scum is all,” he wrote.

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Philip Finnegan

Philip Finnegan

Philip Finnegan

Finnegan is also a close pal of a teen who was just 17 when he was injured in a gun attack in Dublin’s south inner city in February.

Josh Conlon, who has no criminal convictions, was lucky to survive when a gunman opened fire on him, hitting him twice on Eugene Street on February 24.

Conlon, who was in intensive care after the attack, later posted a picture of him recovering in hospital and wrote: “We’re back thanks everyone soldier on in it.” He added: “F* the haters can’t kill bad things haha.”

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Gardai arrested five low-level criminals with links to the drug trade after the shooting but have yet to charge anyone.

This week Finnegan pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Eoin Duffy on Amiens Street on October 18, 2019, and to assault causing harm to Shane Carberry at the Basin Street flats in Dublin on January 11, 2020.

He also pleaded guilty to threatening to kill Shannon Kelly at the Basin Street flats in February 2020.

He has previously pleaded guilty to another attack at the Basin Street flats on March 15, 2020 where he recorded his accomplice stabbing another man and posted the video on Snapchat.

The video went viral and showed Finnegan and Mark Pidgeon arrive outside the flat of Kenneth Osbourne, who owed Finnegan €300 or €400.

After an initial conversation Pidgeon lashed out at Osbourne with a large knife and stabbed him several times while Finnegan encouraged him shouting: “Lash him, lash him out of it” and calls Osbourne a “rat”.

Finnegan made reference to the fact that he was videoing the sickening attack and later shared it on social media where it went viral.

Pidgeon received a three-year sentence for the attack last year while Finnegan pleaded guilty to assault causing harm in relation to the incident and will be sentenced in October for that and the other attacks.

Finnegan’s first victim Eoin Duffy told gardai he was on his way to nearby Sheriff Street to buy tablets when he saw a man running at him with a knife. He ran towards Cleary’s pub trying to escape but said he “felt the knife going in”.

When gardai went to interview him at the end of the month, Mr Duffy chose not to make a full statement, insisting he didn’t remember much and didn’t know the attacker. However, Finnegan was captured on CCTV and identified by a garda who knew him.

Less than three months later Finnegan carried out another stab attack. He attacked Shane Carberry and threatened Shannon Kelly three days later. She told a court: “He told me he was going to cut my throat. He told me he’d butcher Kenneth, my boyfriend. He told me he’d burn my house out.”

Judge Karen O’Connor remanded Finnegan on continuing bail until October 29.

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