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Teenager is charged over assault that left man (65) fighting for life


Brian Ibe is taken into court at Naas, where he faced a charge
of assault causing harm to Peter Kennedy

Brian Ibe is taken into court at Naas, where he faced a charge of assault causing harm to Peter Kennedy

Brian Ibe is taken into court at Naas, where he faced a charge of assault causing harm to Peter Kennedy

A 19-year-old man was refused bail yesterday after he was charged in connection with a serious assault and burglary that left a man fighting for his life.

There was a large garda presence at the Co Kildare court sitting, and Brian Ibe, of no fixed abode but whose address was given as Moore Park, Newbridge, remained handcuffed and was flanked by six Public Order Unit gardai during the hearing.

He is charged with entering an address at Moore Park as a trespasser and committing an arrestable offence and assault causing harm to Peter Kennedy (65) on Tuesday.

Detective Sergeant Ciaran Bruce gave evidence of the arrest, charge and caution of Mr Ibe at Newbridge Garda Station on Thursday night.

Det Sgt Bruce told Naas District Court that at around 9pm on Tuesday, Mr Ibe allegedly entered the Moore Park property after smashing a window and went upstairs, which led to the injured party fleeing into a bedroom occupied by the "accused's mother", who was staying in Mr Kennedy's home.

Also present during the incident was Mr Ibe's six-year-old niece, according to the witness.


Mr Kennedy was attacked with "what appears to be a knife and/or some form of sharpened glass" during the course of the alleged assault.

He suffered multiple fractures to his head, a broken jaw and cuts to his neck in the incident, which allegedly forced Mr Ibe's mother to flee the house with the child.

The court heard that a motive has not been established and the weapon used in the att- ack has not yet been recovered.

Det Sgt Bruce told the court tht Mr Ibe's mother has identified her son and gardai have recovered CCTV evidence as part of the case.

The witness agreed with Judge Desmond Zaidan when he was asked if there was a substantial risk that the alleged victim could die.

The judge also pointed out that the incident could potentially attract more serious charges, including attempted murder.

Inspector Paul Reilly said the Director of Public Prosecutions will "be asked to consider more serious charges".

The court heard that Mr Ibe was arrested at a homeless shelter in Dublin 12 the day after the assault.

Defending solicitor Tim Kennelly pointed out that the case against the defendant is an allegation and his client does not accept his mother made a statement about the incident to gardai.

Mr Kennelly argued there was no evidence of garda concerns Mr Ibe would interfere with witnesses if granted bail and said he had no previous convictions or addiction issues.

Responding to evidence from Det Sgt Bruce about an alleged violent incident in Newbridge Garda Station after his client's arrest, which is the subject of a separate investigation, Mr Kennelly argued that his "poor behaviour" in the station could be explained because he felt he was being held against his will.

The judge said he was satisfied that the objections to bail were sustainable and he described the alleged offences as "very serious".

He remanded the defendant in custody until next Thursday, when he will appear at Naas District Court via video link.