A Dublin man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for stabbing his friend in the stomach and chest leaving him with life-threatening injuries.
Jason Curry, 23, of Leighlin Road, Crumlin, has 25 previous convictions including another eight-year sentence for stabbing his aunt's partner in June 2006.
He was also previously acquitted in October 2009 of the murder of David Rooney.
Curry pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting Shane Day causing him serious harm on 6 June 2012 in Ballinteer, Dublin.
Garda Raymond Regan told Vincent Heneghan BL, prosecuting, that gardaí who were called to the scene found Mr Day "blue in colour and not responding".
They performed first aid on him until an ambulance crew arrived and took him to St Vincent's Hospital.
He was treated for two stab wounds to the chest and four to the stomach. His injuries were considered life-threatening and he spent 23 days in hospital.
Mr Day later went on to make a full recovery but a medical report noted that he has an ongoing difficulty with his leg.
Judge Mary Ellen Ring commented that gardaí who arrived on the scene "perhaps saved Mr Day's life".
She acknowledged that Curry had "atrocious and tragic family circumstances" and "fell into contact with the justice system from an early age".
"Perhaps he never had a chance at the start but he has done nothing while at liberty to better himself," Judge Ring said, noting that he stabbed Mr Day while he had a three-year sentence hanging over him.
She sentenced him to eight years in prison consecutive to a term he is currently serving.
The final 18 months of the term were suspended on the condition that he engages with the Probation Service and is of good behaviour for those 18 months.