Man stabbed sister after argument about cleaning bathroom

Sharon Delaney told gardaí she had a love-hate relationship with ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ character

Colm Delaney (29) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting his sister Sharon Delaney (42) causing her harm at the house they shared. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

Colm Delaney (29) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting his sister Sharon Delaney (42) causing her harm at the house they shared. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

 

A man stabbed his sister in the back after an argument about him cleaning their bathroom, a court has heard.

Colm Delaney (29), of Seafort Terrance, Sandymount, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting his sister Sharon Delaney (42) causing her harm at the house they shared.

Garda Shauna Ferncombe told Elva Duffy BL, prosecuting, that on October 1st, 2018 Ms Delaney was in the house with her brother and that a row broke out when he reacted badly to having to clean the bathroom.

Ms Delaney turned away from him and felt a “sharpness” in her back. Her brother then proceeded to slap her in the face and she cursed at him.

Ms Delaney then went to buy cigarettes and felt weak when she returned home. She asked what he had done to her and he replied that it was only a scratch and laughed.

She went to her neighbour’s house and realised she had been stabbed when she touched her back and her hand came away covered in blood. Neighbours described seeing one open stab wound on her back and what looked like a slash.

Ms Delaney told gardaí­ she had a love-hate relationship with her brother and that he reminded her of “a Jekyll and Hyde” type of person.

Willing

The court heard that she is willing to have him back in the house when he is released from custody and that she has visited him in prison.

Delaney has been remanded in custody since the date of the offence, has no previous convictions and is in a long-term relationship with his partner who was present in court.

Garda Ferncombe agreed with Pieter Le Vert BL, defending, that the accused’s father died in 2012 and his mother died in January of last year. She agreed that his sister appeared to have played some role in rearing him and that alcohol seemed to be a large factor in both of their lives.

Mr Le Vert said his client was absolutely devastated by what he did to his sister and that it was very much them against the world following the death of their parents.

Judge Karen O’Connor adjourned the matter for sentence on May 24th.