Saturday 22 October 2016

Taxi driver charged after woman stabbed 14 times in Cork attack

Patrick O'Rourke at court
Patrick O'Rourke at court

A taxi driver has been charged with stabbing his partner 14 times.

Patrick O'Rourke (62) was remanded in custody after he was charged with assault causing harm to Donna Foster (46) at their Cork home.

O'Rourke was remanded in custody with consent to bail after he appeared before a special sitting of Clonakilty District Court.

Judge Tim Lucey was told that O'Rourke is charged with assault causing harm to Ms Foster at Cooline Drive, Ballyvaloon, Cobh, Co Cork.

The charge relates to an alleged incident at around 11am on Tuesday last (August 11).

Judge Lucey was told the charge is being brought contrary to Section 3 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

Ms Foster remains in a serious but stable condition in Cork University Hospital (CUH) after having undergone emergency surgery. She may have to undergo further surgery as part of her future recovery.

Judge Lucey heard evidence of arrest, caution and charge.

The court was told that O'Rourke made no comment when the charge was formally put to him.

Inspector Jerry Lacey applied for a remand in custody and said that gardai were objecting to bail. Judge Lucey noted that O'Rourke has no previous convictions and said he would grant bail.


But he ordered O'Rourke to stay away from Cooline Drive, Ballyvaloon in Cobh, and to secure alternative accommodation for himself while the case is being processed.

He must also sign on three times each week at Cobh Garda Station.

Judge Lucey also directed that O'Rourke not have any contact with Ms O'Rourke or anyone else connected with the case, as specified by gardai.

The court also ruled, despite strenuous defence objections, that O'Rourke not work as a taxi driver while on bail for the case.

O'Rourke was remanded to appear again before Clonakilty District Court on August 20.

He was remanded in custody with consent to bail pending his ability to confirm a temporary address to gardai.

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