Garda: Man stabbed in unprovoked attack on Cork quay

A MAN on his way to work yesterday morning was violently stabbed by a man carrying a screwdriver in an unprovoked attack near Cork City Hall, it was alleged in court yesterday.

At Cork District Court, Desmond O’Reilly, aged 46, of 2 Park View, Victoria Road, Cork city, was charged with assault causing harm at Terence McSwiney Quay, Cork, on a man who is aged around 40.

Judge David Riordan asked for an outline of what was alleged against O’Reilly.

The arresting officer, Garda Gearóid Whelton, said it was alleged that this was a completely unprovoked assault on a member of the public on his way to work. “It is alleged that the defendant confronted him on the quay and started to verbally abuse him. He began to ring gardaí for assistance when it is alleged that the defendant took out a screwdriver and stabbed him a couple of times in a completely unprovoked assaulted at 7.30am.”

Judge Riordan asked if the parties had known each prior to the alleged incident and Garda Whelton said they had not.

There was no Garda objection to the accused man being remanded on bail but they wanted conditions attached to the bail.

Judge Riordan remanded the accused on his own bail of €1,000 on Inspector Bill Duane’s application to put it back for directions from the DPP.

The bail conditions include signing on daily at Anglesea Street Garda Station, a curfew to stay at home between 10pm and 9am and have no contact direct or indirect with the alleged complainant.

O’Reilly is also required to stay away from the City Hall area, particularly by the quays.

O’Reilly was represented on free legal aid by solicitor, Pat Horan, who said the accused was originally from Co Westmeath and had been living in Cork for the past seven years.

Gardaí have asked witnesses to this alleged incident to call Anglesea Street Garda Station.

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