Tuesday 27 September 2016

Young man's spleen removed in emergency surgery following vicious stabbing attack in Temple Bar, court hears

Andrew Phelan

Published 03/07/2015 | 14:42

Cope Street, Temple Bar, where a man in his 30's was stabbed a number of times last night and is in a critical condition at St James' Hospital. 28/6/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips
Cope Street, Temple Bar, where a man in his 30's was stabbed a number of times last night and is in a critical condition at St James' Hospital. 28/6/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips

A YOUNG man had to have his spleen removed during emergency surgery after he was repeatedly stabbed in a knife attack in Temple Bar, a court has heard.

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The youth accused of carrying out the attack, Michael Power (20) allegedly stabbed the man several times in the back and side, chased him, then slashed him from the back of his head around to the front of his face, Dublin District Court heard.

The alleged victim, Thomas Hanrahan, was still in hospital in a critical condition today following the incident last weekend.

Judge Michael Walsh refused to grant bail to Mr Power and remanded him in custody to appear in Cloverhill District Court next Tuesday.

28/06/2015 Cope Street Temple Bar where a man was left in critical condition after after a stabbing incident.
Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
28/06/2015 Cope Street Temple Bar where a man was left in critical condition after after a stabbing incident. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Mr Power, of Parslickstown Gardens, Mulhuddart is charged with two counts of assault causing harm to Thomas Hanrahan on June 27 last - one at Cope Street and the other at Anglesea Street in Temple Bar.

He is also charged with two counts of possession of a knife with  intent to cause injury to incapacitate or intimidate another.

Today, Garda Kieran O’Sullivan said Mr Power made no reply when the charges were put to him at Pearse Street Station yesterday evening.

Objecting to bail, Garda O’Sullivan cited grounds including the nature and seriousness of the charges. He said it would be alleged that Mr Power came across Mr Hanrahan at Cope Street between 7.40pm and 7.50pm on June 27.

Mr Hanrahan was sitting down on his own, Garda O’Sullivan said,

“It is alleged Thomas Hanrahan suffered multiple stab wounds to his back and side area,” the garda said.

Mr Hanrahan fled and ran down Anglesea Street and the accused stopped chasing him and walked back to Central Bank Plaza where he met a friend, Garda O’Sullivan alleged.

According to the prosecution, Mr Power returned and slashed Mr Hanrahan on the face with a knife, “starting at the back of his head and coming around to the front of his face.”

He suffered “significant injuries” and was taken to hospital where he underwent emergency surgery during which his spleen had to be removed.

It was alleged that the accused was identified on CCTV and a witness description was given. Garda O’Sullivan said the accused had appeared to have had a flick knife in his hand.

Mr Power was arrested on July 1 and availed of his right to silence, neither confirming nor denying any of the allegations put to him.

Applying for bail, Defence Solicitor Amanda Connolly said Mr Power would abide by conditions including living at his home address, signing on at his local garda station and staying out of the city centre altogether. His father was in court to support him.

Judge Walsh said the defendant came before the court an innocent man and was entitled to that presumption of innocence until otherwise established. However, he said the alleged offences were serious and refused bail.

The judge directed medical attention for the defendant while he is in custody.

Mr Power, wearing a grey-blue shirt, grey trousers and brown shoes remained silent during the hearing.

Mr Power is one of three youths who were arrested in connection with separate alleged stabbing incidents that left two men injured in Temple Bar last Saturday.

Darren Donovan (18), also of Parslickstown Gardens, Mulhuddart, was granted bail after he appeared in court yesterday evening. He was charged with one count of assault causing harm to another man at Fleet Street on the same date.

He was granted bail and his case was adjourned to a date in September.

A third man who was arrested has been released without charge and a file is being prepared for the DPP.

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