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Tuesday 20 August 2019

Accused in horror stab attack on man (93) is refused bail

Gardai objected to bail
Gardai objected to bail

A man who allegedly "viciously attacked" a 93-year-old pensioner by stabbing him three times in the abdomen and once in the hand has been refused bail.

James Reilly (30) is accused of assaulting the elderly man with a knife in the garden of his home in Co Louth last Saturday.

A garda witness said that the incident had been a "very traumatic experience" for the victim's wife.

Judge Treasa Kelly refused bail and remanded Mr Reilly in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court on Friday.

The accused, of Gort Na Glaise in Blackrock, Co Louth, is charged with assaulting the man at his home in Blackrock, Co Louth, on August 10.

Mr Reilly is also charged with handling a stolen public services card and an iPhone case on the same date.

Gardai had objected to bail due to the seriousness of the alleged offence, claiming that the man had been "viciously attacked".

Gda Michael Rochford alleged the pensioner was in his garden at around 3pm on Saturday when he was approached by a male who was unknown to him.

There was a brief exchange of words, and Gda Rochford alleged the male then attacked the elderly man with what was believed to be a knife.

The garda alleged the man was stabbed three times in the abdomen and once in the hand.

The OAP then made his way to the back door, and he and his wife prevented the accused from getting into the house.

Gda Rochford said the man was rushed to hospital, where he received emergency surgery. CCTV footage was then collected in the area, the court heard.

Sofa

Gardai later searched the acc-used's house and Gda Rochford alleged a large kitchen knife was found underneath a sofa. Clothing was also found.

Gda Rochford alleged a public services card belonging to the pensioner's wife was also found. He claimed the card had been stolen from the couple's home on August 6.

Defence solicitor Rory Eakin had said Mr Reilly enjoyed the presumption of innocence and was willing to abide by any bail conditions.

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