Knife attack on sleeping GAA star  

Jonny Cooper: Rushed to hospital after incident.

Dublin GAA star Jonny Cooper was asleep and defenceless as he was repeatedly stabbed in the face and neck in a frenzied knife attack, a court has heard.

The 24-year-old was rushed to the Mater Hospital and required stitches after an incident in the early hours of September 20, at Dorset St Upper.

Yesterday, the accused, Mark Lavelle, aged 31, from Bollingbrook, Swinford, Co Mayo, but with an address at Basin St, Dublin 8, was refused bail by Judge John Lindsay at Cloverhill District Court. He had been charged last week with assault causing harm to the Na Fianna footballer.

Judge Lindsay heard that Mr Lavelle intends to contest the charge.

Garda Sergeant Brendan Staines told Judge Lindsay there was an objection to bail due to the seriousness of the offence. He said it was alleged Mr Cooper was “stabbed nine times in the neck and face with a knife in an unprovoked and frenzied attack”.

Sgt Staines said Mr Cooper was asleep and defenceless at the time. Mr Lavelle was allegedly caught with a knife, he said. There was also DNA and CCTV evidence, the court heard.

Mr Lavelle’s barrister asked the judge to note her client was still presumed innocent. Counsel said her client has a history of health issues and while he could not propose an independent surety to act as a bailperson, he could offer an address in Dublin.

The case resumes on November 13.


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