'I've done something bad', said partner of multiple stab victim
A knife-wielding man stabbed his partner so hard in an attack at their Dublin home that the force of the blow broke her breastbone, it has been alleged.
The woman's lung was punctured by another wound and her chest filled with blood, leaving her in need of emergency surgery, a court was told.
Bayarsalkhan Davaatseren (44) allegedly stabbed his partner four times in an attack at their apartment before leaving the scene.
When emergency services arrived, they found the woman lying on the ground and her two children locked in a bedroom.
Dublin District Court heard that Mr Davaatseren handed himself in to gardai the next day and told them he had "done something bad to my wife" but could not remember what happened because he had been drinking.
He was remanded in custody after making no bail application.
Mr Davaatseren, of Joe Sartini Court apartments, Dominick Street, is charged with assault causing harm to his partner, producing a knife as a weapon and threatening to kill her or cause her serious harm.
The offences are alleged to have happened last Monday.
Det Gda Timothy O'Sullivan told the court that Dublin Fire Brigade was called to the scene following a report that a woman had been stabbed.
When gardai arrived, they saw her lying on the ground on Dominick Street, being tended to by an ambulance crew.
She had a number of stab wounds to her body and told gardai that her husband had stabbed her in their apartment.
Her lung collapsed and her chest was filling with blood and she was taken to the Mater University Hospital, where she underwent emergency surgery, Det Gda O'Sullivan said.
There were two superficial wounds to her left arm and left side, around the rib area.
The third wound, a 4cm-long injury to her left flank, was deep and had caused her lung to collapse.
The fourth injury was to her chest, between her breasts.
"The force that was applied was enough to fracture her sternum," Det Gda O'Sullivan said.
He told the court that he gained entry to the apartment along with members of the Armed Response Unit and found two small children, along with an independent witness, locked in a bedroom.
The suspect was not in the apartment at the time, the officer said.
The following morning, at 8.20am, Mr Davaatseren presented himself at the Bridewell Garda Station and spoke to Gda Sinead Murphy, who asked why he was there.
"He said that he had done something bad to his wife," the officer said.
Gda Murphy immediately cautioned him, and again the accused said he had done something bad to his wife, the court heard.
Mr Davaatseren was arrested, and in interview he expressed remorse and regret and said he had no recollection of what transpired "due to alcohol consumption".
The garda said that while the accused referred to the alleged victim as his wife, they were not married.
He told gardai that when his partner returned home that night, an argument started and his mind "had gone blank" after that.
Judge O'Shea said that although the DPP had not yet given directions, he was refusing jurisdiction in the case.
He placed a "medical alert" on the accused's file at the request of his solicitor.
The judge remanded the defendant in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court next Tuesday.
The accused remained silent throughout the court proceedings and was assisted by an interpreter.