Son accused of stabbing his father has case dropped
A MAN accused of stabbing his father with a kitchen knife had the case against him dropped because "no complaint was forthcoming".
Anthony Roche (22) of Glavens House, Montanagaye, Abbeydorney, Co Kerry, was charged with assaulting his father, Richard, causing him harm.
Mr Roche was taken to Kerry General Hospital – where he remains – suffering from stab wounds to the chest and shoulders.
His condition is understood to be serious but not life threatening.
At Tralee District Court, Mr Roche Jnr was accompanied by his mother, Pamela.
Mr Roche, who is in receipt of jobseeker's allowance, was granted free legal aid.
His solicitor, Padraig O'Connell, told the court his client refuted the charge.
Mr Roche was arrested by gardai at his father's house at the Bruach na hAbhainn estate in Tralee at around 5am on Sunday morning.
He was brought to Tralee garda station where he was subsequently charged.
However, at yesterday's court sitting the charge against him was dropped and the State withdrew the case.
Superintendent Jim O'Connor told the court there had been no complaint forthcoming from the injured party.