Brothers who attempted to ‘slaughter’ Garda ‘like an animal’ receive combined prison sentences of eight and a half years

Two brothers who tried to ‘slaughter’ a Lake Garda ‘like an animal’ were sentenced to just over four years in prison by the Central Criminal Court.

One of them, Gavin Quinn, will be out of prison in just six months given the retroactive and suspended elements of his sentence. His brother Lee Quinn could be out of prison in three and a half years.

This despite the judge noting that both men have violent tendencies and that they were originally scheduled to stand trial for the attempted murder of Garda Alan Murphy.

Instead of a jury trial for attempted murder, they were re-arraigned in the Central Criminal Court on March 1 after the DPP accepted guilty pleas on 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 6 inch kitchen knife.

In a statement to victims last month, Gda Murphy said: “I would like to thank members of the Dublin Fire Brigade for saving my life and putting their own bodies between me and two people who were trying to slaughter me like an animal.

He added: “The memory of the incident comes to mind daily.

“I can still feel the utter disbelief and shock I felt when Lee Quinn initially hit me with the blade in my body armor. I can still feel the twist of the blade as it was ripped from my head.”

The court was previously told the Garda were responding to reports that a man had been stabbed to death in Inchicore, Dublin 8, when he was attacked by the Quinn brothers.

During the incident, Gavin Quinn, 28, pinned Gda Murphy to the ground when his younger brother Lee Quinn, 27, tried to stab the uniformed officer in the eye and later hit him on the head, the court was told.

Gavin Quinn, of Tyrone Place, Inchicore, Dublin, later pleaded guilty to assaulting a peace officer in the line of duty, contrary to Section 19(1) of the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act 1994, at West St Vincent’s Street, Inchicore, Dublin 8, on 30 March 2020.

Lee Quinn, of Keeper Road, Drimnagh, Dublin, pleaded guilty to attempting to cause serious harm to Gda Murphy at the same location on the same day.

The court heard during last month’s sentencing hearing that Gda Murphy “had no doubt” he would be dead today had it not been for the assistance of colleagues from the Dublin Fire Brigade’s ambulance service, who pulled Lee Quinn away from him moments after the knife-wielding assailant had slashed the officer’s head.

Judge Eileen Creedon sentenced both men yesterday, noting that Gda Murphy

had claimed that the attack had a detrimental effect on his life and that the event floated on his mind daily.

Judge Creedon found that Gavin Quinn had denied assaulting and detaining Gda Murphy.

The judge said Gavin Quinn was capable of committing violent crimes.

His prior convictions include assault and manufacturing a knife.

Judge Creedon set the main sentence at four years.

The final year was suspended because of his guilty plea. She further reduced the sentence by six months because he applied for probation. His sentence has been backdated to June 5, 2020, meaning he will walk free in six months.

Lee Quinn, the judge said, was classified as having a high risk of recidivism and being violent.

He has a criminal record for making death threats and making threats and abusive behavior in public.

The judge imposed a principal sentence of eight years. But for mitigation, it was reduced to seven years due to his guilty plea. The judge has suspended his sentence for another year because he is busy with additional services. It has been backdated to March 20, 2020 when he was taken into custody, meaning he could be free by 2026. Brothers who attempted to ‘slaughter’ Garda ‘like an animal’ receive combined prison sentences of eight and a half years

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