A former soldier has been found guilty of murdering a man outside a chipper near The Five Lamps in Dublin in August 2014.
Donal Colgan of Killarney Court, Killarney Street in Dublin 1 admitted killing David Sheridan but claimed he totally lost control after being provoked.
David Sheridan and his friend bought some alcohol and went to Luigi’s Takeaway on Dublin’s North Strand Rd at around 10pm on Aug 17th 2014.
Donal Colgan also ended up in the chipper after spending the day drinking in his local. Some words were exchanged outside and Mr. Sheridan’s friend said the accused got rowdy. Some punches were thrown and the court heard Colgan went home and returned with a large kitchen knife which he stabbed Mr. Sheridan with four times.
He claimed he was provoked after being hit in the head with a bag of cans but the jury rejected his defence after almost seven hours of deliberations. In his Victim Impact Statement, Mr. Sheridan’s son Jake said he missed the special moments he spent with his Dad.
He said he wasn’t perfect but he didn't deserve to die and he said he’d never forgive Donal Colgan for what he did.
Mr. J Tony Hunt then handed down the mandatory life sentence for murder.