Man in court over machete attack on US student, 19

A book of evidence was served yesterday on a man facing a robbery charge in a case where a young student from the US had her skull fractured by an assailant who allegedly walked up behind her and swung a two-foot machete at her head before robbing her.

Det Sgt Vincent O’Sullivan served the book of evidence on Brian Veale yesterday at Cork District Court.

On the application of Insp Mary King, Judge Con O’Leary sent the case against Veale forward for trial at the sessions of Cork Circuit Criminal Court commencing on June 8.

It will be a matter for that court to fix a date for trial by judge and jury.

Brian Veale, aged 30, with an address at Dominic St near Shandon in Cork City and originally from Dungarvan, Co Waterford, is charged with the robbery of the 19-year-old American student at Dominic St on February 26.

He had faced another charge of attempting to rob a 20-year-old Corkman who was allegedly struck on the head with a machete just moments earlier.

Yesterday, the State withdrew that charge and brought a new charge against Veale of assault causing harm to the 20-year-old.

Thus, the two charges in yesterday’s book of evidence were of robbery of the 19-year-old woman and assault causing harm to the young Corkman.

When the case against Veale first came before the court, Det Sgt Vincent O’Sullivan outlined the background to the two incidents.

“Firstly, it is alleged he followed two men down Dominic St while his face was covered.

“He was carrying a two-foot machete with an 18-inch blade. With both hands he swung at the head of the unassuming member of the public striking him on the back of the head in an attempt to rob him.

“This injured party subsequently had to get 11 staples to his head wound.

“The injured party ran off after being assaulted. It is alleged that the accused then came across a 19-year-old American student and swung at her head, hitting the side of the head.

“She later required three staples and he left her with a fractured skull. He pulled a handbag off her. He dropped the machete and ran down the street.”

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