His son who stabbed to death a drunken intruder who forced his way into the family home and attacked the 17-year-old in his bedroom is jailed for 3½ years in Ireland
- Dean Kerrie stabbed Jack Power when he entered his home in Dunmore East
- Power had been drinking and returned home to find his car had been damaged
- He blamed Kerrie and went home, smashing the window with a rock
- Kerrie, then 17, told police he found a knife near the bed and fought back
A young man who stabbed and killed an intruder who smashed his window and broke into his home has been jailed for three and a half years by Ireland’s Central Criminal Court.
Dean Kerrie, 21, had a right to defend himself, the judge found – but he said the use of force was excessive.
Kerrie was 17 at the time, but the trial dragged on for years before a sentence could be announced.
The judge handed down a sentence of four years and six months, but suspended the final year.
The final year of the sentence is backdated to June 30, 2022, to account for the time Kerrie has already served in custody.
The young man said he was defending his mother during the attack.
Dean Kerrie (21) was found guilty of manslaughter by Central Criminal Court on Wednesday and jailed for three-and-a-half years after he stabbed a man who broke into his home.
Kerrie stabbed Jack Power – a fisherman described as tall and well-built – when the man entered his home at Shanakiel in Dunmore East, Waterford in the early hours of July 26, 2018.
Power had been drinking when he returned home around 3 a.m. to find his car had been damaged.
He believed Kerrie destroyed the car and went to confront the teenager, according to The Mirror.
The fisherman smashed the front window of the Kerrie house with a rock before entering through the front door.
Kerrie told police he found a knife next to the bed and stabbed Power after her mother was attacked.
The sitting judge, however, said he doubted Kerrie’s version of events, noting that he “armed up quickly”.
Dunmore East Harbor in Waterford, where the stabbings took place, is pictured
Kerrie was tried twice for murder but was ultimately found guilty by a jury of manslaughter for killing Power in July, sentenced on Wednesday.
An adult who committed the same crime would have faced an aggregate sentence of seven years, the judge added.
Judge McDermott said: ‘Nothing I do or say will alleviate this suffering. The sentence I impose must be proportionate to the gravity of the offense of manslaughter and also appropriate to its [Kerrie’s] terms.’