Monday 24 October 2016

Taxi driver is charged with stab attack on his partner

Published 14/08/2015 | 02:30

Patrick O’Rourke
Patrick O’Rourke
Donna Foster

A taxi driver has been charged with stabbing his partner 14 times.

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Patrick O'Rourke (62) was remanded in custody after he was charged with assault causing harm to his partner, Donna Foster (46), at their Cork home.

O'Rourke was remanded in custody with consent to bail after he appeared before a special sitting of Clonakilty District Court.

Judge Tim Lucey was told that O'Rourke is charged with assault causing harm to Ms Foster at Cooline Drive, Ballyvaloon, Cobh, Co Cork.

The charge relates to an alleged incident at around 11am on Tuesday last.

Judge Lucey was told the charge is being brought contrary to Section 3 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

Ms Foster remains in a serious but stable condition in Cork University Hospital (CUH) after having undergone emergency surgery.

She may have to undergo further surgery as part of her future recovery.

Judge Lucey heard evidence of arrest, caution and charge.

The court was told that O'Rourke made no comment when the charge was formally put to him.

Inspector Jerry Lacey applied for a remand in custody and said that gardaí were objecting to bail.

However, defence solicitor, Ray Hennessy, said his client was anxious to be released from custody and was formally applying for bail.

Judge Lucey was told that the garda objections revolve around the serious nature of the charge and the fact that further charges may yet be brought forward.

The judge noted that O'Rourke has no previous convictions and said he would grant bail.

But he ordered O'Rourke to stay away from Cooline Drive, Ballyvaloon in Cobh, to secure alternative accommodation for himself while the case is being processed and to sign on three times each week at Cobh Garda Station.

Judge Lucey also directed that O'Rourke not have any contact with Ms O'Rourke or anyone else connected with the case as specified by gardaí.

The court also ruled, despite strenuous defence objections, that O'Rourke not work as a taxi driver while on bail for the case.

O'Rourke was remanded to appear before Clonakilty District Court on August 20.

A bail condition requires him to confirm a temporary address.

Irish Independent

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