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Saturday 24 August 2019

Face slash accused is remanded in custody

'The prosecuting garda told Dublin District Court he was objecting to bail, citing the seriousness of the allegations.' (stock photo)
'The prosecuting garda told Dublin District Court he was objecting to bail, citing the seriousness of the allegations.' (stock photo)

A Dublin man sliced another man's face open with a knife in a street attack, leaving him with a gaping wound from mouth to ear, it has been alleged.

Michael McDonagh (31) is accused of taking a knife out and slashing the man's face after having a "brief conversation" with him.

He was refused bail and had the case against him adjourned for the directions of the DPP to be made available.

Mr McDonagh, of Carna Road, Ballyfermot, is charged with assault causing harm.

The offence is alleged to have happened at Cherry Orchard Park, Ballyfermot, last Sunday.

The prosecuting garda told Dublin District Court he was objecting to bail, citing the seriousness of the allegations.

Outlining the prosecution's case, he said gardai went to the scene after 1pm on the day, following a report that a man had been stabbed in the face with a knife.

Officers met the alleged victim, who was in a "very agitated state" and had a "large, gaping wound on the left side of his face, from ear to mouth", the garda said.

CCTV was viewed and it was alleged that the accused could be "seen clearly" walking up to the man.

They had a short conversation and the accused produced a blade from his pocket and sliced the man across the face, it was alleged.

The garda said the allegations were at the upper end of the spectrum, and he was expecting the case to go forward to the Circuit Court.

The charge, on conviction on indictment, carried a maximum sentence of five years.

Applying for bail, defence barrister Garrett Casey said Mr McDonagh was presumed innocent, and if refused bail would spend a "lengthy time in custody" on remand awaiting trial.

ARTHRITIS

Mr McDonagh, dressed in a black jacket and grey bottoms, told Judge Michael Walsh he would "stick to conditions".

"I'll have no problem complying with them," he said.

He said his brother had three months left to live and his mother had arthritis and "I'm the only one in the house that can care for them".

His girlfriend had two children, he added.

Judge Walsh noted that the accused came before the court "an innocent man".

However, he said he was satisfied a refusal of bail was necessary.

Judge Walsh remanded Mr McDonagh in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court next Tuesday. The judge granted free legal aid.

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