Charged with stabbing man in his 60s in the face

Gardaí arrested a man and brought him before Cork District Court on aggravated burglary and other charges after a man in his early 60s was stabbed in the face at his home in Blarney, Co Cork.

Detective Garda Kevin McCarthy arrested William O’Driscoll, aged 30, of 53 Killala Gardens, Knocknaheeny, Cork.

He was formally charged on Tuesday night at Gurranabraher Garda Station and brought before the court yesterday.

Inspector John Deasy said he would be applying to have the accused remanded in custody. Donal Daly, defence solicitor, said there was no application for bail.

O’Driscoll spoke up from the dock and told Judge Marie Keane: “I don’t want no bail.”

The original application was for a remand in custody for one week. Instead he was remanded in custody until today when he will appear in court again by video link from prison. It is anticipated that he will be remanded in further custody.

Mr Daly applied for free legal aid for O’Driscoll and this was granted.

“He has been undergoing psychiatric treatment on an in-hospital and outpatient basis. I would ask that the prison authorities would make available all the necessary medical and psychiatric treatment for Mr O’Driscoll,” Mr Daly said.

Judge Marie Keane made such a direction.

Mr O’Driscoll is charged that on Monday, September 12, at Rose Cottages, Paud’s Cross, he carried a knife in the course of a trespass, which is the aggravated burglary count.

He is also accused of trespassing and assault causing harm to Andrew Buckley.

Insp Deasy said directions were awaited from the DPP.

The alleged incident occurred at around 9pm on Monday when the owner returned home with his wife.

It was alleged that after a struggle with an intruder the homeowner was stabbed in the face. The injured party was treated in hospital and later released.


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