A Kerry resident who slit his house mate’s throat in a random attack has been jailed for seven years.
40-year-old Paul Lestrange told his victim to write a will prior to the unprovoked assault and after cutting the man’s throat with a bread knife told him: “I told you it would end badly.”
He stopped his house mate and neighbours from helping the injured man until he was overpowered and disarmed.
Mr Lestrange, of Rosdedara, Killarney pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing serious harm to James McGuirk and the production of a kitchen knife at North Circular Road, Dublin on January 15th last year. Judge Martin Nolan said it was lucky for Paul Lestrange that his victim did not die but that James McGuirk had no doubt thought he was going to die. He said there appeared to be no particular motivation but that the only possible intention behind the attack was to kill. Paul Lestrange stuck the bread knife in Mr McGuirk’s neck and pulled it across his throat. The other house occupant, Martin Roche, came downstairs to find Mr McGuirk in a chair and Lestrange standing over him with the knife in his hand. Lestrange stopped Mr Roche from helping Mr McGuirk. Lestrange was eventually disarmed after Mr Roche got help from neighbours. Mr McGuirk suffered from post-traumatic stress syndrome and has been left with a prominent and visible scar. Garda Joseph Gavin said he believed Lestrange was reliant on alcohol during this time and that it was a “spontaneous and random” incident. Defending barrister Kieran Kelly said Lestrange has not come to any garda attention since and wanted to put this behind him. He regretted the offence and offered an apology to Mr McGuirk. Mr Kelly said Lestrange had grown up in Dublin but currently lived with his parents in Kerry. He said financially Mr Lestrange had nothing to give.