Juvenile charged in connection with fatal Blarney stabbing

A teenager who was charged in relation to the fatal stabbing of a man in Blarney, Co Cork, on Saturday night was refused bail at Cork District Court today.

Garda Alan Johnson said the gardaí were objecting to bail being granted to the 17-year-old who was charged with serious assault arising out of the weekend incident.

The matter was dealt with at an in camera hearing of Cork District Court because the accused is a juvenile.

The charge against him states that on September 26 at an address in Blarney, he intentionally or recklessly caused serious harm to Shannon Ruby, contrary to Section 4 of the Non-fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997.

Judge Uinsin MacGruairc remanded the accused in custody to St Patrick’s Institution in Dublin to appear in court again on Friday.

Defence solicitor, Joseph Cuddigan, who was appointed to represent the accused on free legal aid asked the judge if he would recommend that the accused be held at Cork Prison for ease of visits by his mother. While Cork Prison is an adult prison younger prisoners are sometimes held there by special arrangement.

Judge MacGruairc refused the application and ordered that the defendant be detained in St Patrick’s.

Dressed in dark tracksuit pants and grey and blue hoodie, the defendant gave evidence in his own unsuccessful application for bail.

Responding to Garda Johnson’s concern that the defendant might interfere with witnesses if released on bail, the accused said: “I wouldn’t go near (them).”

Judge MacGruairc said: “I refuse bail on the evidence I have heard.”

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