Wednesday 18 September 2019

Man accused of stabbing pensioner (93) at his home

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Eimear Cotter

Eimear Cotter

A man is accused of seriously assaulting a 93-year-old pensioner by stabbing him three times in the abdomen and once in the hand.

James Reilly (30) allegedly assaulted the elderly man in the garden of his home in Co Louth last Saturday.

A Garda witness said the incident had been a "very traumatic experience" for the victim's wife.

Judge Treasa Kelly refused bail and remanded Mr Reilly in custody to appear before Cloverhill court on Friday.

The accused, of Gort Na Glaise in Blackrock, Co Louth, is charged with seriously assaulting the 93-year-old man at his home in Blackrock on August 10.

Mr Reilly is also charged with handling a stolen public services card and an iPhone case on the same date.

Gardaí had objected to bail due to the seriousness of the offence, claiming that the pensioner was "viciously attacked".

Garda Michael Rochford told Dublin District Court the pensioner was in his garden at around 3pm on Saturday when he was approached by a man unknown to him.

There was a brief exchange of words, and Gda Rochford alleged the male then attacked the man with a suspected knife.

The garda alleged the senior citizen was stabbed three times in the abdomen and once in the hand.

The OAP then made his way to the back door, and he and his wife prevented the accused from getting into the house.

Gda Rochford said the pensioner was rushed to hospital where he received emergency surgery.

He said the pensioner's wife made a statement to gardai that the alleged attacker had an object in his hand which was red in colour.

He alleged a large kitchen knife was later found underneath a sofa at a property at Gort Na Glaise.

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Gda Rochford alleged a public services card belonging to the pensioner's wife was also found during that search. He claimed the card had been stolen from the couple's home on August 6.

Defence solicitor Rory Eakin said Mr Reilly enjoyed the presumption of innocence and was willing to abide by any bail conditions.

Mr Reilly had also been willing to take part in an identification parade to establish his innocence, but this had not taken place.

Judge Kelly said there was no doubt this was a "very serious offence" and she was refusing bail.

Irish Independent

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