Tuesday 12 December 2017

Man faces trial over allegedly stabbing friend

Tony Hynes has been remanded on bail
Tony Hynes has been remanded on bail

A young man who allegedly stabbed a former friend three times and punctured his lung during a row in his garden has been sent for trial.

Tony Hynes (23) is accused of stabbing the man in the chest and the back of his head in the incident.

A book of evidence was served on him when he app-eared before Blanchardstown District Court.

The accused, of Ballymakealy Lawns, Celbridge, Co Kildare, is charged with one count of assault causing harm.

The offence is alleged to have happened at the accused's home address last December 13.

A State solicitor said a book of evidence was ready and the DPP was consenting to the defendant being sent for trial.

Judge David McHugh gave Mr Hynes the formal warning that he must provide any alibi details to the prosecution within 14 days.


He also made an order for disclosure to the defence of the video of Mr Hynes' garda interview.

The judge remanded him on bail, on existing terms, to appear before Kildare Circuit Criminal Court next month.

Mr Hynes has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charge.

Previously, the court was told that the accused and the alleged victim had been good friends for some time.

Gda Sgt Walter Sweeney said it was alleged that the accused attacked the other man with a knife while they were in the rear garden of the house at 1.45am.

It was alleged he stabbed him three times - once under the left arm, once in his left rib cage, puncturing a lung, and once in the back of the head.

The man was taken to Blanch- ardstown Hospital, where he spent five days being treated for his injuries, Sgt Sweeney told the court.

The accused was later arrested and made no admissions when questioned.

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