By Madeline O’Connor
A man who stabbed an Irish woman and two other backpackers in Australia has been jailed for twelve years.
Timothy Kelly, 37, split Aifric Butler-Rees’ upper lip in half with a piece of glass, which he also used to attack two 19-year-old German men with a piece of glass on in the early hours of October 3, 2013.
He pleaded guilty to six charges including two counts of wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm at The Downing Centre District Court. Kelly had been released from an 8 month prison sentence and had been residing at the Cosy Private District Court.
He woke up at 2am, broke a window in his bedroom and filled a sock with the glass. He then went outside where he found three backpackers sitting on the front steps of the Westend Backpackers hostel next door, and attacked the three travellers.
Kelly, a heroin and morphine addict, said in court that he couldn’t explain his actions, adding: “It is just crazy you know, absolutely crazy.” He will be eligible for parole in October 2022.