Tralee man who admitting stabbing father and son was ‘model prisoner’, court hears

A man who was seriously injured in a stabbing incident near his home has felt ‘useless to his family’ ever since, Tralee Circuit Criminal Court has heard. Tralee courthouse2 In a victim impact statement, Kamil Fital said he had not been able to work since he was stabbed repeatedly by Brian Keane near his home at Woodbrook Lawn, Tralee on November 11th, 2014. The 24-year-old Tralee man, of no fixed abode, was remanded in custody to the June 15th sitting of the court for sentencing. Barry Keane pleaded guilty to assaulting Polish national, 48-year-old Kamil Fital and his 19-year-old son Hubert, causing them harm, on November 17th, 2014. The stabbing incident happened after Mr Fital and two of his sons gave chase when they discovered the accused interfering with their car, which was parked outside their home. Keane is also accused of trespassing at 9 Woodbrook Lawn and at 20 Monalee, Tralee and of stealing cash and a cheque from a property at Shanakill on the same date. He had been released from jail just three weeks earlier. Detective Sergeant Ernie Henderson told Tralee Circuit Criminal Court the accused had cooperated fully with the gardaí. His barrister, Anthony Sammon said the accused was adopted from Russia and had spent his early life in an orphanage and was institutionalised to such an extent that he was not able to function beyond any basic level in the community. He said although Mr Keane had an ‘appalling criminal record’ he was a model prisoner but a danger to himself and the public outside of prison. He added it would be ‘catastrophic and grossly negligent’ of the State not to assist with any after-prison situation. Judge Thomas E. O’Donnell said Keane’s actions were of enormous concern but the victims could not be lost sight of. He remanded him in custody to the June 15th sitting of the court for sentencing.