A man who stabbed a father in his bedroom as his children lay sleeping in a nearby room was found not guilty on the grounds of insanity at Kilkenny Circuit Court.
A jury of seven women and five men returned the verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity in the case of Karol Keane who was charged with assault causing harm and aggravated burglary at Brennans Pub, Kilmanagh on July 13.
Keane admitted inflicting stab wounds on Mr Joe Brennan in the abdomen, close to the bellybutton and in the shoulder area.
Judge Alice Doyle told the jury in her summing up that the medical evidence points to Mr Keane suffering from a mental illness which deprived him of criminal responsibility.
At the time of the offence Keane suffered from delusions and went to the house on the date in question intending to stab but not kill Joe Brennan.
He was initially diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2004.
Judge Alice Doyle remanded the accused to the Central Mental Hospital where he will be medically assessed and adjourned the case to May 13.
For medical evidence from leading psychiatrist: http://bit.ly/1j2evcp
Community reaction to stabbing:
Accused had history of drug use: