Suspended sentence for schoolyard stabbing with metal object
By Declan Brennan
A MAN who stabbed a family acquaintance with a metal object during the school run has received a suspended sentence having spent almost two weeks in jail.
Anvar Ghambari (39) attacked the victim in the school yard when both men were dropping their sons off in the morning. He wanted to confront the victim about comments he had allegedly made about his wife to mutual friends.
He stabbed his victim four times around the head and also punched and kicked him. The court heard that schoolchildren who witnessed the attack were frightened and crying.
Ghambari, of Cushlawn Way, Tallaght, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to Majid Suhrabi at St. Maelruains’s school, Tallaght on March 1, 2016.
The court heard that Ghambari did not come armed to the incident but he pulled a metal stabiliser from a children’s bicycle during the attack. The metal bar had a serrated edge.
Ghambari was shouting “I’m going to kill you, I swear to god, I’m going to kill you” while he stabbed the back of the victim’s head. Afterwards he walked out of the school yard.
The victim still suffers from memory loss and forgets little things, the court heard. Both he and Ghambari were asked not to bring their sons to school in case of a repeat incident and Mr Suhrabi said that he missed accompanying his son.
Judge Martin Nolan adjourned the case two weeks ago having heard evidence and remanded Ghambari in custody. He accepted that this was “a one-off fall from grace” for Ghambari, who has no previous convictions. He noted that a report by the Probation Services was positive.
On Wednesday, Judge Nolan sentenced Ghambari to three years in prison which he suspended in full. He said “even though what he did was reprehensible and it was a frightening experience for the victim, I don’t believe he deserves an immediate custodial sentence”.
“You’ve been in custody for a period of time, if you breach this order, that’s what awaits you,” Judge Nolan told Ghambari.
Kitty Perle BL, defending, said both men were Kurdish Iranian and knew one another. There has been no incidents since this assault.
She said the attack arose from insults being traded on an earlier date. Her client had owed Mr Suhrabi a debt of €5,000 and that he intended to pay this back, Ms Perle said.