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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Man charged with horror knife attack on mum in city flats

THIS is the man who has been charged with seriously assaulting a mum-of-one in an alleged knife attack at a Dublin flats complex.

Denis Leahy (48) was arrested and brought before Dublin District Court this morning accused of assaulting Rose Kenny near her home in the south inner city.

Ms Kenny (46) suffered multiple stab wounds in an attack in the stairwell of the flats at School Street yesterday. She was still in intensive care in hospital today.

Judge Patricia McNamara remanded Mr Leahy in custody for a week after his lawyer made no bail application on his behalf.

The defendant, of no fixed address is charged with assault causing serious harm to Ms Kenny at School Street on September 23.

The charge is under Section 4 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

Detective Garda Richard Kelly told the court he arrested the defendant at Kevin Street Station at 9.01am this morning. He was charged at 9.45am and he had nothing to say after caution.

Det Gda Kelly said he was applying for the accused to be remanded in custody for a week.

Defence Solicitor Matthew Kenny said he was making no bail application on the accused's behalf.

The court heard there was no objection to the next proceedings - at Cloverhill District Court on October 1 - taking place via video link.

Mr Kenny applied for free legal aid, saying the accused had no means of income at the moment. Det Gda Kelly said Mr Leahy had been out of the country for eight to nine years and had only been back for a couple of weeks.

"I know nothing about him," the garda said, adding that the accused was not registered for social welfare.

The judge deferred her decision on legal aid to give the gardai time to make further enquiries.

The court heard the DPP has directed trial on indictment.

The accused, wearing a red T-shirt, black tracksuit bottoms and blue runners, consulted his lawyer but did not address the court during the brief hearing.

Ms Kenny has lived for more than 20 years at the flats complex where the attack took place. She was taken to St James's Hospital after the incident at around 8am and was described as being critical after she underwent surgery.

cfeehan@herald.ie

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