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Monday 18 December 2017

Man charged with stabbing as family toasted baby news

Sligo man Michael Sweeney
Sligo man Michael Sweeney

This is the man who has been charged with assault following an incident that resulted in him and two relatives being stabbed.

Our picture shows Sligo man Michael Sweeney, who was yesterday charged with assault causing harm following an incident in which his brother-in-law and his wife were stabbed at a family function.

The father-of-five appeared at Letterkenny District Court following the serious attack at Crozon Park, Sligo, last Saturday evening.

Scared

It is alleged that Martin and Margaret Sweeney were both stabbed at the party following an altercation.

The 40-year-old accused was rushed to hospital after he suffered a punctured lung during the incident.

The court was told that Martin Sweeney is the brother-in- law of the accused and they had gathered to celebrate the news of a pregnancy in the family.

The accused said when he was found by gardai: "I was scared because I had been stabbed with a samurai [sword]. I was trying to hide."

A garda who attended the scene carried out CPR on one of the casualties.

The court heard that there was a high level of security following the attack and armed gardai had to be called to Sligo General Hospital, where the three casualties were taken after the incident.

Gardai objected to bail for Michael Sweeney, of Old Bundoran Road, Sligo, who was charged under Section 3 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Persons Act.

They said they feared Mr Sweeney would interfere and intimidate witnesses in the case and the accused could be under threat.

Risk

However, solicitor Rory O'Brien told the court that his client was a family man with a wife and five children who was willing to comply with any bail conditions.

Judge Deirdre Gearty refused bail, saying she felt there was a real risk Mr Sweeney would interfere with witnesses.

She adjourned the case to next Friday at Harristown District Court.

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