Denis Leahy, aged 48, from Dublin but of no fixed abode, having recently returned to Ireland after spending about a decade abroad, was charged under Section 4 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Persons Act which, on conviction, can carry a life-sentence.
He did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody yesterday for one week by Judge Patricia McNamara at Dublin District Court.
He is charged with causing serious harm to Rose Kenny, aged 46, who is known to the accused, at School Street Flats, in Dublin. Shortly before 8am on Tuesday, she sustained stab wounds to her neck and stomach and yesterday she was still in intensive care at St James’s Hospital.
During the brief hearing, Detective Garda Richard Kelly said when the accused was charged at 9.45am, there was “no reply to charge after caution judge, he had nothing to say.”
“My application is for a remand in custody for one week,” Det Gda Kelly said.
He said the DPP has directed “indictment,” meaning the accused will be tried in the circuit court.
Defence solicitor Matthew Kenny said there was no application for bail.
Mr Kenny also said that there was no difficulty with Mr Leahy appearing via video-link for the next hearing, at Cloverhill District Court on October 1.
There has been no indication as to how he intends to plead.
Mr Kenny asked for free legal aid to be granted to his client, adding that he is unemployed and “has no visible means of income.”
The judge noted he had not included his PPS number on his statement of means, but the defence lawyer explained that Mr Leahy “does not know it off by heart.”
“It has been some time since he has been in the country,” he also said.
When asked if there was an objection to legal aid being granted, Det Gda Kelly told Judge McNamara: “He has been in the country a couple of weeks, after being out of the country eight or nine years, I know nothing about him.”
The detective also said that: “Since 2000, he has not been registered with social welfare at all.”
Judge McNamara deferred ruling on the legal aid request and said the adjournment would allow the gardaí time to make enquiries.
The book of evidence will not be ready in one week, the judge also said.