Wednesday 17 January 2018

Man refused bail in relation to stabbing of tourist at Swedish House Mafia concert

A reveller is arrested by gardai
A reveller is arrested by gardai
Music fans at the Phoenix Park last night
A man at the Swedish House Mafia gig in Dublin sprawls out on the path after drinking
Rap star Snoop Dogg arrives prior to his performance on Saturday
Well-behaved fans brave the mud at last night's concert in the Phoenix Park
Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine performing on stage. Photo: Collins

Tom Tuite

A 22-YEAR-OLD man has been refused bail after he was accused of repeatedly stabbing a tourist at a Swedish House Mafia concert in the Phoenix Park in Dublin on Saturday.

There were a number of assaults – including several stabbings of people in their teens and 20's – at the outdoor gig in Phoenix Park which was headlined by the Swedish dance group.

This morning Raymond Donnan, with an address at Greenfort Crescent, Clondalkin, Dublin was charged with a number of offences in connection with incidents at the concert.

Mr Donnan is accused of assault causing harm to Andrew England – a tourist from the Isle of Man who suffered multiple stab wounds– as well as production of a knife in the course of a dispute, violent disorder, breach of the peace and being intoxicated in public, at the Phoenix Park, on July 7.

Garda Sergeant Shane McCartan told Judge Grainne Malone at Dublin District Court today that Mr Donnan “made no reply in respect of the charges”.

Gda-Sgt McCartan also objected to bail citing “the nature and degree of seriousness of the charges”.

He said Mr England had been at the concert with his girlfriend. It would be alleged he “went to the assistance of an unknown female who had been involved in an altercation”.

Gda-Sgt McCartan said Mr England (aged 28) was the victim of an “unprovoked attack”.

Judge Malone was told that the concert goer was stabbed “on five occasions” causing him to receive four puncture wounds to his side and one to his head.

The tourist has also suffered damage to his liver and “had to receive stitches to the back of his head and elbow arising out of this attack”.

Gda-Sgt McCartan also said there was a general melee allegedly involving Mr Donnan and about seven other males in his company and a bottle was broken over another person's head. In his objection to bail Gda-Sgt McCartan also cited the strength of evidence in the case and added that the incident was witnessed by Mr England's girlfriend and two gardai.

The garda also said the violent disorder charge on conviction carried a sentence of up to ten years and the assault charge can result in a five-year term.

Dressed in a grey tracksuit, Mr Donnan spoke briefly when he was granted legal aid and he nominated a solicitor to represent him, but he has not yet indicated how he will plead to the charges.

Gda-Sgt McCartan agreed with defence solicitor Lorraine Stevens that Mr Donnan has lived at his address for all his life.

The judge also heard that Mr Donnan's relatives were prepared to stand bail in the sum of €1,500. She was also told the case would probably be sent forward to the Circuit Court and it could take a year before the trial takes place.

Judge Malone refused bail and remanded Mr Donnan in custody to appear again at Cloverhill District Court on Friday.

Two people are in a serious but stable condition in hospital after sustaining stab wounds, at the event which was attended by about 45,000 people and also featured Tinie Tempah and Calvin Harris on its line-up.

More than 30 arrests were made on the night of the concert which was marred by a litany of incidents including public order offences, assaults and drugs seizures. Two men who had been at the concert also died after they fell ill.

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