Slash attack accused in court

A 20-year-old man appeared in court yesterday charged in connection with slashing another man on the face with a Stanley knife as part of an ongoing Traveller feud.

At a special sitting of Ennis District Court, Bernie McDonagh Jr, of 1 Ashline, Ennis, appeared on charges arising from an alleged violent incident at the Maid of Erin roundabout in Ennis, Co Clare, last Sunday.

Garda Albert Hardiman told the court there was “mayhem” at the roundabout during the alleged flare-up between the McDonaghs and Dohertys.

Insp Tom Kennedy told the court that Mr McDonagh is facing “very, very serious charges”.

Det Sgt Michael Moloney said the alleged victim, John Doherty, was released from hospital yesterday. The detective told the court it will be alleged Mr McDonagh slashed Mr Doherty in the face and stabbed him in the side with a Stanley knife.

Det Sgt Moloney said last Sunday’s incident followed an incident at the cathedral in Ennis last Thursday where Mr McDonagh’s brother, John McDonagh, sustained a serious head injury at a Doherty wedding.

Already, Mr McDonagh’s father, Bernard Sr has been charged with five separate offences from the alleged violent incident at the roundabout, including driving his Toyota Avensis car at gardaí and others that created a substantial risk of death or serious harm to another.

Two others face charges of possession of a hatchet and an iron bar with intent to cause injury.

Solicitor for Mr McDonagh Jr, Darragh Hassett, said that the presumption of innocence applied to Mr McDonagh and that he would be pleading not guilty to the charges.

Mr Hassett told the court: “My instructions from Mr McDonagh is that he was not there at the Maid of Erin.”

Judge Aeneas McCarthy refused an application by Mr Hassett for bail on behalf of his client. Insp Kennedy said the State strongly opposed bail.

Judge McCarthy rem-anded Mr McDonagh in custody to re-appear at Ennis District Court next Wednesday.

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