Brothers who tried to ‘butcher’ garda ‘like an animal’ receive combined jail sentences of eight-and-a-half years
12th July 2022
Two brothers who tried to “butcher” a garda “like an animal” have received combined jail time of just over four years at the Central Criminal Court.
One of the pair, Gavin Quinn, will be out of prison in just six months when the backdated and suspended elements of his sentence are taken into account. His brother, Lee Quinn, could be out of prison in three-and-a-half years.
This is despite the judge noting that both men have a propensity for violence, and the fact that they had originally been due to stand trial for Garda Alan Murphy’s attempted murder.
Instead of a jury trial for attempted murder, they were re-arraigned at the Central Criminal Court on March 1 after the DPP accepted guilty pleas to the lesser charges.
During the incident, Gda Murphy was stabbed in the head and Lee Quinn tried to stab him in the eye with a six-inch kitchen knife.
Last month, Gda Murphy said in a victim-impact statement: “I’d like to thank members of the Dublin Fire Brigade for saving my life and putting their own bodies between myself and two individuals who were trying to butcher me like an animal.
He added: “The memory of the incident crosses my mind on a daily basis.
“I can still feel the utter disbelief and shock I felt as Lee Quinn initially struck me with the blade in my stab vest. I can still feel the twist of the blade as it was torn from my head.”
The court was previously told that the garda was responding to reports that a man had been stabbed in Inchicore, Dublin 8, when he was attacked by the Quinn brothers.
During the incident, Gavin Quinn (28) pinned Gda Murphy to the ground as his younger brother, Lee Quinn (27), tried to stab the uniformed officer in the eye and later slashed him across the head, the court was told.
Gavin Quinn, of Tyrone Place, Inchicore, Dublin, later pleaded guilty to assaulting a peace officer in the execution of his duty, contrary to Section 19(1) of the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act 1994, at St Vincent’s Street West, Inchicore, Dublin 8, on March 30, 2020.
Lee Quinn, of Keeper Road, Drimnagh, Dublin, pleaded guilty to attempting to cause serious harm to Gda Murphy on the same date at the same location.
The court heard during last month’s sentence hearing that Gda Murphy had “no doubt in his mind” he’d be dead today if it weren’t for the assistance of emergency service colleagues from Dublin Fire Brigade, who pulled Lee Quinn away from him moments after the knife-wielding attacker had slashed the officer’s head.
Passing sentence on both men yesterday, Ms Justice Eileen Creedon noted that Gda Murphy
had maintained that the attack had a detrimental impact on his life and that the event crossed his mind on a daily basis.
Judge Creedon observed that Gavin Quinn had denied assaulting and restraining Gda Murphy.
The judge said that Gavin Quinn had a capacity for violent offending.
His previous convictions include assault and the production of a knife.
Judge Creedon set the headline sentence at four years.
The final year was suspended on account of his guilty plea. She further reduced the sentence by six months on account that he engage with probation services. His sentence was backdated to June 5, 2020, meaning he will walk free in six months.
Lee Quinn, said the judge, had been assessed as being at high risk of reoffending and had a propensity for violence.
He has previous convictions for making threats to kill and threatening and abusive behaviour in public.
The judge set a headline sentence of eight years. But in mitigation, it was cut to seven years due to his guilty plea. The judge suspended a further year from his sentence on account that he engage with additional services. It was backdated to when he went into custody on March 20, 2020, meaning he could be free by 2026.