Saturday 24 September 2016

Man accused of stabbing camper at Dublin's Hell Fire Club further remanded in custody

Tom Tuite

Published 03/08/2016 | 14:37

Scene of the alleged attack at the Hell Fire Club
Scene of the alleged attack at the Hell Fire Club
The Hell Fire Club Picture: Tony Gavin
The Hell Fire Club on Montpelier Hill in the Dublin Mountains Photo: Tony Gavin
Gardai investigate incident at the Hell Fire Club Pictures:Arthur Carron
Gardai investigate an incident at the Hell Fire Club Pictures:Arthur Carron

A 26-year-old man accused of stabbing a young camper in the throat at Dublin's Hell Fire Club has been further remanded in custody.

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Michael Corbett is charged with assault causing harm to three teenagers, two males and a young woman, on the afternoon of June 27.

The incident took place at the Hell Fire Club, otherwise known as Montpelier Hill, a popular south Co. Dublin site for hikers surrounded by lands owned by the State forestry company Coillte.

He had been refused bail by Dublin District Court on June 29 and was held in custody. Mr Corbett, who has an address at Woodbine Close in Raheny in north Dublin, appeared again before Judge Conal Gibbons at Cloverhill District Court on Wednesday. Defence solicitor Brian Coveney said the case was listed for directions from the DPP to be given.

However, the directions were not available and Mr Coveney said there was consent to the case being adjourned for four weeks. He remained silent during the proceedings as Judge Gibbons further remanded him in custody to appear again on August 31.

A psychiatric assessment of him had been ordered at an earlier stage.

The scene of the incident in which three people were hurt. Photo: Arthur Carron
The scene of the incident in which three people were hurt. Photo: Arthur Carron

He made no reply to the charges.

At his bail hearing earlier Garda Pauline Glennon said three campers, an 18-year-old woman, a male aged 18 and a 17-year-old boy, were at the Hell Fire Club, at Killakee Road. The defendant, who was not known to them beforehand, allegedly travelled there by taxi and remained with them for a couple of hours. They also went picking logs.

Gda Glennon said it was alleged the 18-year-old youth was “stabbed across his throat, in to his chest and was assaulted with a log of wood”. She had added that the young woman and the second youth were also struck with the log. The three teens were rushed to Tallaght hospital and were treated for a number of hours but were not kept overnight.

During the bail hearing, the court heard that Mr Corbett “felt he was going to be attacked and there was a weird air about the place”. His solicitor had told the court he had serious underlying psychiatric problems and he claimed he was restraining the victim; there was a scuffle and this was something he did not want to happen. He has not yet entered a plea to the charges.

Gardai investigate an incident at the Hell Fire Club Pictures:Arthur Carron
Gardai investigate an incident at the Hell Fire Club Pictures:Arthur Carron

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