Man ‘fractured student’s skull with machete’

A man facing a robbery charge was remanded in custody for a fortnight yesterday in a case where a young American had her skull fractured by a man who allegedly walked up behind her and swung a 2ft machete at her head before robbing her.

Inspe Eileen Foster said at Cork District Court yesterday that directions were not yet available from the DPP in the case, which dates back to February 26.

Brian Veale, aged 30, with an address at Dominic St near Shandon in Cork City and originally from Dungarvan, Co Waterford, has been in custody in relation to this robbery charge and another attempted robbery charge on the same date.

Judge Tim Lucey remanded him in custody for a further two weeks .

Eddie Burke, defending, said: “Mr Veale is anxious to have the case dealt with one way or the other.”

Mr Veale is charged with the robbery of the 19-year-old American at Dominic St in Cork on February 26.

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

In the initial bail application by Mr Veale, Det Sgt Vincent O’Sullivan said gardaí were opposed to bail.

He said the level of violence was extreme.

Firstly, it is alleged he followed two men down Dominic St while his face was covered. He was carrying a 2ft machete with an 18in 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. Two members of the public caught him and held on to him [until gardai arrived]. It was a very unusual and serious case where the level of violence was extreme.”

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