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Tuesday 22 May 2018

'I'm sorry' - man charged with one-punch attack that left dad critically ill

Vytautas Racys at Virginia District Court yesterday. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Vytautas Racys at Virginia District Court yesterday. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Seamus Bell just hours before he was attacked

A man has been remanded in custody after being charged in connection with an attack which has left a man critically injured in a Dublin hospital.

Vytautas Racys (34) appeared before judge Denis McLoughlan at Virginia District Court yesterday afternoon.

Detective Garda Ciaran Marks from Carrickmacross Garda Station, in Co Monaghan, presented evidence of arrest, charge and caution in relation to the attack on Seamus Bell on Main Street, Carrickmacross, at around 11.30pm on Saturday night.

Mr Racys was charged with assault causing harm under Section 3 of the non fatal offences against the persons act.

His solicitor, Damien Rudden, said that Mr Racys was making no application for bail and has told him he is "sorry this incident occurred" and that he is "willing to start his sentence today".

Mr Racys, who is a married father of two children from Lithuania, who lives at Lough na Glack in Carrickmacross, was remanded in custody at Cloverhill Prison in Dublin to appear at Cloverhill Court on January 26.

Charges

He was given free legal aid by the judge. This was not objected to by gardai. Mr Racys wore a dark top, faded blue denim jeans and trainers.

His wife accompanied him in the courtroom, sitting ­beside him until he was called to ­answer his charges through an interpreter. Mr Racys did not address the court but listened intently to his interpretor as the proceedings were translated for him. Afterwards he was driven away from the courthouse to by gardai to Cloverhill.

Seamus Bell remains in ­Beaumont Hospital in what is described as a critical condition.

He underwent surgery on Sunday after he was transferred there from Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

Mr Bell, (35) a fitness and health instructor from ­Carrickmacross, underwent further scans yesterday.

He was on life support in the intensive care unit, where his family are holding a vigil at his bedside.

Christened

Mr Bell had been out with his partner, Edel Tighe, and their wider family circle on Saturday as they christened their four-month-old twin daughters Cara and Ava.

He is also father to a six-year-old boy named Raphael from a previous relationship.

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