Wednesday 13 December 2017

Trial for man accused of attempted murder

Sean Meehan leaving Blanchardstown District Court, Blanchardstown, Dublin
Sean Meehan leaving Blanchardstown District Court, Blanchardstown, Dublin

A YOUNG man charged with the attempted murder of a female relative has been sent forward for trial.

Sean Meehan (31) is alleged to have produced a four-inch knife during the course of assaulting the woman.

He has been ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim or any family members for the duration of the trial.

The accused, with an address at Meadow Copse in Mulhuddart, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with the attempted murder of Olive Meehan.

The incident allegedly took place at the family home at Meadow Copse in Mulhuddart on June 29, 2014.

Mr Meehan is further charged with seriously assaulting Ms Meehan and with producing a black-handled knife with a four-inch long blade at the same time and place.

A State solicitor said the book of evidence was ready and had been served on the accused, who goes forward to the present sittings of the Central Criminal Court.

Judge David McHugh gave Mr Meehan the alibi caution, warning him he had 14 days to provide to the State details of anyone he proposed calling as a witness in his defence.

Due to the seriousness of the allegation, defence solicitor John O'Doherty, as well as one junior counsel and one senior counsel, were assigned on free legal aid.

The court heard Mr Meehan is on High Court bail on the charges.

At an earlier court sitting, Mr Meehan was remanded in custody to the Dochas Centre before he made an application for bail to the High Court.

As part of his bail conditions, he must reside at an agreed address, stay out of the Dublin 15 area and sign on weekly at his local garda station.

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