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Wednesday 13 December 2017

'Stabbed' man threw knives at ex-wife's partner, court is told

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A father-of-three threw two knives at his ex-wife's new partner after he himself was stabbed in a row outside her home, it has been alleged.

Samuel Peprah (34) is acc-used of throwing the knives after he was injured during a confrontation at his ex-wife's front door.

He is facing trial on a weapons charge after Judge Alan Mitchell said the case was too serious to be dealt with at district court level.

Mr Peprah, of Wood Avens, Clondalkin, is charged with unlawful possession of two knives.

The offence is alleged to have happened at Elmfield Court, Clondalkin, on July 4.

A garda sergeant said the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed summary disposal of the case at district court level.

Outlining the prosecution's case, she told Dublin District Court it was alleged that a row developed between the accused and the other man, who was in a relationship with Mr Peprah's ex-wife.

Unclear

During this, a knife was produced, it was alleged. The sergeant said it was unclear who started the row or who produced the knife, but the allegation was that Mr Peprah was stabbed a number of times at the apartment door.

According to gardai, he got up, went inside and got two large knives which he brought out and threw at the other man.

"Based on that description, that was given to me, it is not a minor offence and I am refusing jurisdiction," said Judge Mitchell.

The court heard Mr Peprah was on garda station bail and the judge said he would adjourn the case for six weeks for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Defence solicitor Brian Keenan asked the judge to transfer the case to Blanchardstown District Court. Judge Mitchell said the defence could always mention the issue of jurisdiction to the presiding judge in Blanchardstown "to see does he take a different view".

Mr Keenan applied for free legal aid, saying the accused was working but had three dependants. Judge Mitchell said he would grant this, based on the gravity of the alleged offence.

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