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Friday 25 April 2014

Man (24) stabbed mother and brother in 'rage' attack, court hears

The Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A YOUNG man repeatedly stabbed his mother and teenage brother with a kitchen knife in "a rage" at their Dublin home, leaving the snapped blade embedded in the boy's arm, it has been alleged.

The 24-year-old is accused of inflicting eight wounds on his mother and another five on his brother before fleeing the scene and later being arrested in the city centre.

The accused, a father-of-three, was refused bail at Dublin District Court today after he was charged with two counts of assault causing harm to his mother (45) and brother (16) in the incident in Ballymun on Tuesday morning.

Objecting to bail, gardai alleged the defendant had been caught "red-handed" and his family were in fear of him.

Judge Patricia McNamara remanded him in custody to appear in court again on Christmas Eve.

Det Gda Adrian Mulligan told the court he arrested the accused at the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square at 12.15pm yesterday and brought him to Ballymun Garda Station.

He was charged at 6.12pm and made no reply to either charge after caution.

Outlining his objections to bail, he said it would be alleged that the accused struck his mother, knocking her to the kitchen floor where he stabbed her eight times.

This included four significant injuries to her hairline, the back of her neck and her neck. She suffered "large blood loss" and was taken to the Mater Hospital.

During the attack, her 16-year-old son intervened and suffered five injuries - four to his left arm and one to his right.

"The blade of the knife actually snapped off in his arm", Det Gda Mulligan said.

Both alleged victims were able to flee into a neighbour's house. The boy had to undergo surgery to have the blade removed from his arm.

Det Gda Mulligan said when he was arrested, the accused was in possession of the clothes he had worn during the incident. CCTV footage had allegedly captured him leaving the scene.

The prosecution would say the defendant made "full admissions" about the incident while in custody. He had been living in the family home and they were in fear of him. His mother was fearful for her own safety and that of her family, the garda said.

Defence Solicitor Tracy Horan said her client had no prior convictions and was remorseful. He had no drug dependency or psychiatric issues and was "traumatised" by what had been inflicted on his family.

"He can only put it down to an awful rage, he can't even understand why he did it himself", she said. There had been "underlying issues that came to a head" and it was an "isolated incident".

Judge McNamara pointed out that the accused still enjoyed a presumption of innocence and the proceedings were simply a bail hearing. The directions of the DPP were not yet available.

She remanded the defendant in custody, to appear in Cloverhill District Court on December 24.

Andrew Phelan

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