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Man (48) appears in court charged with stabbing his son in Cork

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A MAN has been charged with a stabbing which left his son in a serious condition in a Cork hospital.

Leon Frahill (48) of Harbour View, Cobh, Co Cork appeared before Macroom District Court charged in relation to an alleged incident which left his son, Gino (27), with serious injuries.

Gino Frahill was discovered with serious injuries by a bus stop at Glasslyn Road in Bandon, Co Cork in the early hour of Tuesday, March 31.

The young man was rushed to Cork University Hospital (CUH) where he underwent emergency surgery.

He remains in a serious but stable condition.

Judge John King at Macroom Distrit Court was told Leon Frahill faces a total of three charges.

He was charged with assault causing harm to his son, Gino, at Glasslynn Road, Bandon on March 31 contrary to Section 3 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

Frahill was also charged with two further charges of producing a knife in the course of a fight and of producing a knife, thereby causing a breach of the peace, at the same location and date.

Evidence of arrest, caution and charge was given to Judge King by Garda Ciaran Leahy.

He told the court that, when the charges were formally put to the defendant, he replied: "I accept."

Judge King heard that gardaí were now preparing a file for the consideration of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and this would take some time.

Sergeant Brian Harte said gardaí did not have an objection to Leon Frahill being granted bail.

However, gardaí said they wanted specific conditions attached to any remand on bail.

These included that the defendant resident at a nominated address in Ardmore, Co Waterford, that he signs on at Youghal Garda Station three times each week, that he agree to stay away from west Cork and that he give a firm undertaking not to have any contact with any potential witnesses in the case.

The defendant must also be contactable by gardaí at all times.

As a further part of the bail conditions, the defendant must also surrender his passport and agree not to apply for any new travel documents.

Defence solicitor, Don Ryan, said all the conditions were acceptable to his client.

Mr Ryan also applied for free legal aid for the defendant.

Judge King remanded Frahill on bail in his own bond of €300 to appear again at Bandon District Court on June 19.

It is hoped the directions from the DPP will be available at this time.

Leon Frahill was told he does not have to attend court on June 19 in person.

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