Man accused of stabbing creche worker further remanded in custody

A 48-year-old man charged over a knife attack which left a Dublin woman fighting for her life has been further remanded in custody while the DPP considers the possibility of additional charges.

Man accused of stabbing creche worker further remanded in custody

A 48-year-old man charged over a knife attack which left a Dublin woman fighting for her life has been further remanded in custody while the DPP considers the possibility of additional charges.

Creche worker Rose Kenny, 46, sustained wounds to her neck and stomach on September 23 last near her home at School Street Flats, in Dublin. She was rushed to St James's Hospital where she is still receiving treatment.

Denis Leahy, 48, from Dublin but of no fixed abode having recently returned to Ireland after spending about a decade abroad, was charged the following day but did not apply for bail.

He is accused of causing serious harm to Rose Kenny, who is known to him, at School Street Flats, in Dublin.

He had been remanded in custody and appeared today before Judge John Lindsay at Cloverhill District Court. It was his third court appearance since he was charged and the judge was told that directions from the DPP had to be obtained.

Det Garda Richard Kelly said a file was sent to the DPP yesterday and directions are being awaited in relation to the possibility of further charges.

Defence solicitor Dara Robinson invited Judge Lindsay to mark the case peremptory against the State.

However, the judge said he was noting “time running” and remanded Mr Leahy further in custody, with consent, to appear via video-link on November 26. Members of Ms Kenny's family watched the proceedings from the public gallery.

At his first court hearing last month, Det Gda Kelly had said Mr Leahy had “no reply to charge after caution."

He had also said that the DPP has directed “indictment” meaning Mr Leahy is to be tried in the Circuit Court.

Legal aid had been granted at an earlier stage to Mr Leahy and after his lawyer had said the 48-year-old “has no means or income at the moment”.

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