Man allegedly stabbed tourist crossing bridge
A young man accused of stabbing an Italian tourist in Dublin last year has been remanded in custody pending his trial.
Gary Dreaper (20) was charged yesterday morning at The Bridewell Garda Station with assaulting Moreno Franchetta, causing him harm.
It is alleged Mr Franchetta (41) was stabbed on May 14, 2014, on the O'Donovan Rossa Bridge in Dublin, close to the Four Courts, in what has been alleged as an "unprovoked assault", the court heard.
Dreaper, of no fixed abode, was brought before Judge Michael Walsh at Dublin District Court yesterday afternoon where Detective Garda Stephen Tierney of The Bridewell Garda Station gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution.
He told Judge Walsh he charged the accused at the Criminal Courts of Justice at 10.17am.
He said the accused made "no reply" when the charge was put to him. The defendant has not yet indicated how he will plead.
Gda King told the court the Director of Public Prosecutions has directed trial on indictment, meaning the case will go forward for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, where the maximum penalty on conviction for the alleged offence is five years.
Gda King said due to the seriousness of the alleged offence he was objecting to Dreaper being granted bail.
He said the alleged assault was "unprovoked".
Dreaper was granted legal aid following an application made by defence solicitor Tony Collier, who told the court the defendant is homeless.
Judge Walsh noted the Director of Public Prosecutions has directed trial on indictment and said due to the "seriousness of the alleged assault" he refused to grant Dreaper bail.
He remanded the defendant in custody for seven days to appear before Cloverhill District Court next Thursday.