Killer convicted of stabbing his father to death
A 33-year-old convicted killer was sentenced to 12 years in prison for stabbing his father to death almost three years ago.
David Fortune, of Rutland Grove, Crumlin, Dublin, was tried last year by the Central Criminal Court for the murder of his father Gerry Fortune, 62, on August 19, 2018.
He denied the murder and subsequently pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
Gerry Fortune, who worked at St James’s Hospital, was stabbed in the neck in his family home with a knife by his son after watching the All Ireland final in his living room.
The Central Criminal Court heard that Fortune and a group of others were in Grandma’s apartment at the back of the house on the day of the murder for “a day of alcohol and drug use” and that Fortune began to hallucinate after taking a number of pills.
An argument broke out and Fortune entered the house with his father who tried to calm him down.
His half-sister, Laura Lambe, who was there during the attack, told the court that Fortune had shouted at their father: “Da, I am going to die” but her father replied: “You are not going to die, son . No one is going to die today. “
He then swung his father with a knife and stabbed him in the neck.
As other family members tried to help Gerry Fortune, her son jumped out the front window, hijacked a woman’s car in Rutland Grove, and drove to Blanchardstown hospital where he took ran through the hospital.
He was arrested by guards who were alerted after being given Valium by emergency department personnel.
Ms Lambe told the court at the sentencing hearing last month, in a victim impact statement, that there was “no winner” regardless of the sentence imposed.
“David will have to live with what he did for the rest of his life, knowing that he killed a man who never showed him anything but love, and that’s worse than ten life sentences,” she declared.
Judge Eileen Creedon said today that Gerry Fortune posed no threat to anyone and had spent a normal Sunday afternoon in his home’s living room watching the game when he was attacked and killed.
The judge said the probation report showed Fortune has a capacity for serious violence, exhibits limited insight and accepts limited responsibility for what he has done and poses a high risk of reoffending.
She sentenced him to 13 years in prison, the last year of which was suspended.
This is the second time in 15 years that Fortune has been sent to prison for manslaughter.
He had previously been jailed in 2006 for eight years for killing another man, Michael Murphy in 2004, who was stabbed to death outside the Buda Bar in Blanchardstown on Halloween night.