Monday 19 February 2018

Psychiatric tests for man accused of attack with bat

(Stock picture)
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Gordon Deegan

A man accused of assaulting a cancer patient with a baseball bat must undergo a psychiatric assessment.

At Ennis District Court yesterday, Judge Marie Keane directed that Jason Burke (20) be referred to Cloverhill Prison to undergo the assessment.

Mr Burke, of no fixed abode, has been on remand in custody for the past month at Limerick Prison following his arrest for the alleged assault on James Delaney (61), from Shannon, with a baseball bat at Mr Delaney's home on July 26.

The State alleged Mr Burke told his victim "if the cancer doesn't kill you, I will kill you," during the course of the alleged assault.

Mr Delaney was hospitalised as a result of the attack.

Mr Burke was charged with the assault causing harm of Mr Delaney, at Fana Ghael, in Shannon.

Gardaí alleged Mr Burke demanded Mr Delaney hand over his cancer medication and when Mr Delaney refused, Mr Burke pulled a baseball bat from his tracksuit trousers.

Insp Tom Kennedy alleged at the previous court date that Mr Burke proceeded to beat Mr Delaney with the baseball bat "very severely" and the assault continued for 30 to 40 minutes.

Mr Delaney had only turned 61 four days before the alleged assault. Mr Burke has Asperger's Syndrome and has been unable to meet the bail conditions, which included an independent bond of €1,500.

In court yesterday, solicitor for Mr Burke Tara Godfrey said: "We do have bail on terms we can't reach and I have spoken with the inspector and I understand that DPP directions won't be available until October and my client is in custody on this charge alone."

Ms Godfrey said that nothing had been done in terms of carrying out a psychiatric assessment on Mr Burke while in custody at Limerick prison.

Judge Keane remanded Mr Burke to re-appear before Ennis District Court on September 20.

Irish Independent

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