The accused admitted killing David Sheridan but claimed he totally lost control
A former soldier has been handed the mandatory life sentence for murdering a man outside a fast food restaurant in Dublin.
Donal Colgan of Killarney Court, Killarney Street in Dublin 1 stabbed David Sheridan following a row outside a chipper three years ago.
Colgan admitted stabbing David Sheridan outside Luigi's takeaway on Dublin's North Strand Road in August 2014, but said he did not mean to - claiming he was provoked and just lost control after being hit in the head with a bag of cans.
The trial heard there was a row outside the chipper and that the former soldier left before returning with a kitchen knife from his home.
Mr Justice Tony Hunt told the jurors he agreed with their unanimous decision.
And before handing down the mandatory life sentence for murder, he said it was sometimes satisfying to send people to prison but he added this was not one of those occasions.
He accepted Mr Colgan would love to take those minutes back but he said that ship had sailed.
In his Victim Impact Statement, Mr Sheridan’s son - Jake - said his father was not perfect but did the best with what he had.
He said his family loved him and missed him terribly.