A DAD who inflicted life threatening injuries to his son after stabbing him eight times was today jailed for two-and-a-half years.
Leon Frahill, 49, was standing at a bus stop after leaving a flat where he had been drinking heavily and got into an argument with his two sons in March last year.
One of them, Gino Frahill, followed him to the bus stop in Bandon, Co Cork, where he wanted to speak to him about his behaviour.
However, his dad produced a knife he had taken from the flat and stabbed him in the chest, back and groin area.
SON’S FREEDOM PLEA
Gino suffered life threatening injuries which required blood transfusions and emergency surgery in Cork University Hospital where he was taken after his dad called the emergency services.
Despite his severe injuries, Judge Sean O’Donnabhain heard on Monday in the Cork Circuit Criminal Court that the victim did not want his dad to go to prison.
The judge said however that the crime was too serious to allow the 49-year-old to walk free from the court.
Leon Frahill had pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Gino Frahill at Glasslyn Road, Bandon on March 31, 2020.
He also pleaded guilty to two charges of producing a knife on the same occasion.
Detective Garda Hugh Byrne said that when Leon Frahill left the flat in Bandon after a night of drinking he took his possessions with him to the bus stop.
He also took a knife with him.Gino followed his dad to the bus stop to speak to him about his behaviour and his dad produced the knife stabbing him eight times.
Leon then flagged down a passing car and got a member of the pubic to phone the emergency services for an ambulance.
Gardai arrived and tended to Gino at the scene before he was rushed by ambulance to Cork University Hospital.
Leon, who at the time had an address at Harbour View, Cobh was arrested and he made a full admission and apologised when interviewed.
Gino was so badly injured he required blood transfusions, his blood pressure dropped and his life was in danger as a result of the knife wounds.
In a Victim Impact Statement given to the Judge, Gino, who is in his late twenties, said he did not want to see his father go to jail.
‘STRAIGHTEN HIMSELF OUT’
The Judge said: “What he wants to do for him after what happened is phenomenal.
“All he wants is for his father to address his drink problem which has been going on a long time unattended.
“He wants him to straighten himself out.”
He said Frahill’s years of drinking had caused dysfunction and fractures in his relationships and with his son, Gino.
Defending Barrister Patrick O’Riordan, said that his client had not attempted to cover anything up and had taken full responsibility for his behaviour.
He made full admissions from the start and had not come to Garda attention since the incident.
He was engaging with Arbour House in connection with his alcoholism and he was “very sorry” for his actions.Judge O’Donnabhain said that it was a “truly a sad and tragic case”.
He said: “He stabbed his son with a knife he brought out with him and he could have killed him.”
He stressed that excessive alcohol consumption and possession of knife was a “lethal combination”.
The Judge added: “I don’t believe the stabbing incident was in any way provoked and that only for surgical intervention his son could have died.
“It is a heartbreaking case. I do understand that this young fella doesn’t want his father to go to jail. All he wants is for him to straighten himself out.”
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He sentenced the divorced father-ofthree, who has 35 previous convictions, to five years.
He suspended two-and-a-half on condition that he engages with the Probation Service for three years after his release.
He ordered that Frahill, who previously successfully fought colon cancer, receive whatever medical treatment he needs while in prison.