Man, 45, stabbed walking through Cork city centre

By Liam Heylin

A 45-year-old man walking home through Cork City had his jaw broken and was stabbed twice in a vicious assault, a court heard yesterday.

He tried to protect himself by holding up an empty beer keg.

At Cork District Court, Jamie Crowley, of 24 Nutley Rd, Mahon, was charged with robbery. Inspector Ronan Kennelly said there was an objection to bail, as Garda Pat Russell outlined the allegations.

“It is alleged that at approximately 4am on September 5, a 45-year-old man was walking home through Cork city centre. At the junction of South Mall and Grand Parade, it is alleged he was confronted by two males who demanded money from him. He was then attacked by these males and chased up the South Mall, where it is alleged he was thrown to the ground and kicked a number of times in the head.

“The injured party managed to get up and he crossed the road towards the Electric bar. The attack continued as he crossed the road.

“The injured party took €100 from his pocket and threw it at the two males but the attack continued.

“It is alleged that Jamie Crowley took a knife from his pants and stabbed the injured party in the back.

The injured party managed to get to the other side of the road where he picked up an empty beer keg that was outside the Electric bar and used that to keep distance between himself and his attackers.

“But he was stabbed a second time in the shoulder by Jamie Crowley. This was one of a number of further attempts he made to stab the injured party.

“The injured party made his way to Anglesea Street Garda Station where he was taken to Cork University Hospital.

“He received treatment for a double fracture to his jaw as well as the two stab wounds.

“He underwent surgery to place a plate in his jaw and he will require further surgery.

“It is alleged that Jamie Crowley was arrested in the vicinity 15 minutes later in possession of a knife and wearing blood-stained clothing.”

Eddie Burke, defending, said no evidence was being put forward.

Judge Olann Kelleher remanded him in custody for a week.

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