A TEENAGER has appeared in court accused of hitting another man with a dog lead during a roadside assault.
Daniel Ennis (18) allegedly left the victim with deep lacerations on his hands and cuts to his knees.
The accused claimed the victim had asked him for drugs and then went for him with a knife and he defended himself. A garda alleged the victim's hands were covered with blood following the assault.
Judge Michael Walsh refused bail and remanded Ennis in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court tomorrow.
The accused, of Croftwood Park in Ballyfermot, appeared before Dublin District Court charged with seriously assaulting another man at Cherry Orchard Parade in Ballyfermot on January 22.
Gardai objected to bail, citing the seriousness of the charges and the strength of the evidence.
Garda Garrett Boyle also claimed the victim is in fear of Ennis and there are concerns he may interfere with witnesses.
In relation to the assault, Gda Boyle said it will be alleged that Ennis used a long lead, possibly a dog or horse lead.
Gda Boyle further claimed there was no reason for the attack, and the injured party was left with cuts and deep lacerations to his hand.
The garda also claimed the victim, who is in his 20s, was left very panicked and shaken following the attack.
Defence solicitor Aine Flynn said Ennis strongly denied the allegation.
Ms Flynn further said that Ennis, a father of one, was anxious to get bail as he is worried about his elderly grandmother, who is in hospital after suffering a stroke.
Judge Walsh refused bail and remanded Ennis in custody until tomorrow.