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Saturday 24 September 2016

Man accused of stabbing his 'good friend' in lung

Tony Hynes allegedly stabbed his former friend three times Picture: Damien Eagers
Tony Hynes allegedly stabbed his former friend three times Picture: Damien Eagers

A young man punctured a former friend's lung when he stabbed him three times, it has been alleged.

Tony Hynes (23) is accused of stabbing the man in the chest and the back of the head.

Mr Hynes is facing trial for assault after a judge ruled the case was too serious to be dealt with at district court level.

Gda Sgt Walter Sweeney said it was alleged that the accused attacked the other man with a knife while they were in the rear garden of a house at 1.45am last December 13.

It was alleged he stabbed him three times - once under the left arm, once in his left rib cage, puncturing a lung, and once in the back of his head.

The man was taken to Blanchardstown Hospital, where he spent five days.

The accused was later arrested and made no admissions when questioned.

Judge McHugh said that after hearing the proposed evidence, he was refusing jurisdiction.

Assault

He adjourned the case for the preparation of a book of evidence.

The accused will be sent for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court when the book is ready.

Mr Hynes, who has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charges, did not address the court. He was remanded on continuing bail.

Blanchardstown District Court heard the pair had been good friends.

Mr Hynes, of Ballymakealy Lawns, Celbridge, Co Kildare, is charged with one count of assault causing harm.

The offence is alleged to have happened at the accused's home. He is also charged with unlawful possession of a small amount of cannabis.

A state solicitor said the DPP was consenting to summary disposal of the case in the district court.

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