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A man, who left a father of four with a permanent disability, has been handed down a ten-year sentence in Tralee – one of the highest sentences given in recent times at Tralee Circuit Criminal Court.

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Twenty-five year old Brian Keane, of no fixed abode, had admitted assault causing serious harm to Kamil Fital at Woodbrook Lawn, Tralee on November 11th, 2014.

He’d also admitted assault causing harm to Mr Fital’s 17-year-old son, Hubert, with three counts in relation to theft and trespass in the vicinity.

The ten year sentence given to Brian Keane was backdated to November 2014.
On November 11th 2014,  at around 5.25 am, the Fitals were alerted by their dog barking and found Brian Keane rummaging  through their car.

Chased by Kamil Fital senior and his two sons Robert and Hubert, Keane produced a knife and stabbed Hubert in the forehead; the father intervened to save his son and was stabbed “multiple times “in both legs, his artery  was severed and he received a  major stab wound to the chest.

Robert Fital’s “swift action” in striking Keane with an iron bar,  had saved his father “from possible fatal injuries”, the court  heard.

The court heard how Mr Fital senior had suffered eight stab wounds; that he could no longer work as a painter and decorator and had been left permanently disabled.

Brian Keane was born in Russia to a single mother and was placed in a Russian orphanage when he was three, he was adopted at the age of seven by a Tralee family who’d done their best for him and who were in court.

Judge Tom O’Donnell said Keane had an appalling list of previous convictions, that in jail, he was a model prisoner but outside, exposed to alcohol and drugs, difficulties arose.

Defending Senior Counsel Anthony Sammon said Brian Keane had trained with the Samaritans to help other prisoners.

Judge O’Donnell imposed a ten year sentence for the serious assault on Kamil Fatal, along with a number of concurrent sentences for two of the other charges. Two and a half of the ten years were suspended on condition that Keane be of good behaviour and under the direction of the Probation Service for two-and-a-half years on his release.