Man charged over knife attack on football star

A 31-year-old Mayo man has been charged in connection with a knife attack on Dublin GAA star Jonny Cooper last month.

Man charged over knife attack on football star

The 24-year-old was rushed to the Mater Hospital and required stitches following a stabbing in the early hours of September 20, at Dorset St Upper in Dublin.

Yesterday, Mark Lavelle, originally from Bollingbrook, Swinford, Co Mayo, but with an address at Basin St, Dublin, appeared at Cloverhill District Court. He is charged with assault causing harm to the Dublin and Na Fianna footballer.

Mountjoy Garda Les O’Rourke told Judge Victor Blake that he arrested the accused yesterday morning at the court. The court heard that when charged and cautioned, Mr Lavelle replied: “I don’t remember anything; the Government took my medical card. I was without my medication.”

Defence counsel John Cleary told Judge Blake that a bail application was not being made at this point. He said he needed to examine psychiatric reports on Mr Lavelle and he had to take instructions.

The reports did not mention a fitness to plead issue, the court also heard.

Garda O’Rourke said directions from the DPP have to be to obtained and time was needed to prepare a book of evidence.

Judge Blake remanded Lavelle in custody to appear again next Friday when a bail application is to be made. Free legal aid was granted to the unemployed accused, who has not yet entered a plea to the charge.

A decision has also to be made on whether the case will be dealt with at District Court level or in the Circuit Court.

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