Tuesday 28 February 2017

Man accused of strangling four young children 'will be fit for court next week'

Eimear Cotter

The scene where four children were found allegedly strangled at a home in Co Wicklow. Picture by Fergal Phillips
The scene where four children were found allegedly strangled at a home in Co Wicklow. Picture by Fergal Phillips

A MAN accused of seriously assaulting four young children by allegedly strangling them will be fit to appear in court next week.

The 35-year-old is currently in custody and receiving medical and psychiatric attention.

He is accused of four counts of seriously assaulting four young children at a house in Wicklow last Friday, June 3.

The children, two boys and two girls, are aged between three and 11 years old.

They were found to be seriously injured at a property at Blainroe, Co Wicklow on Friday evening.

The children were taken to Tallaght Hospital for treatment for their injuries, and they have since been released.

The accused man was originally brought before a special sitting of Bray District Court last Saturday.

At that time, defence solicitor Kieran Conway said his client was not applying for bail, and the accused was remanded in custody to today.

A judge also ordered that the accused receive appropriate medical and psychiatric care.

Before Cloverhill court this morning, defence lawyer Jane Horgan-Jones said the accused had not been produced.

Judge Victor Blake said that doctors state the accused will be fit to attend court in one week's time.

The judge remanded the accused in custody in his absence to appear before Cloverhill court next Thursday.

The court heard that DPP's directions are outstanding on the charges.

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