Saturday 17 February 2018

Teenager suffered 'dozens of wounds' in stabbing at hostel

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By Andrew Phelan

A YOUNG man has been charged with seriously assaulting a teenager who suffered dozens of wounds in an alleged stabbing at a Dublin homeless hostel.

Jason Prenderville (23) was remanded in custody after he appeared in Dublin District Court charged with assault causing harm in the incident last night.

The alleged victim (19) was described by gardai as having suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Judge Cormac Dunne directed medical attention for the accused while he is in custody and adjourned the case to a date next week.

The accused is charged with assault causing harm at St Catherine's Foyer, Marrowbone Lane in the south inner city on April 10.

The charge is under Section 3 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

Garda Cathal Ryan of Kilmainham Station told the court he arrested the defendant at the scene at 10.50pm yesterday. He was charged and cautioned in Garda Ryan's presence.

Defence Solicitor Cahir O'Higgins said he understood there were garda objections to bail.

However, Mr O'Higgins said he was "not moving a bail application at this juncture".

He said Mr Prenderville was very unwell and had arrived in court in a "very distressed state".

"I am extremely concerned about Mr Prenderville's well-being and the State wouldn't disagree with me in that regard", Mr O'Higgins said.

Judge Dunne noted that the bail application was being deferred. He granted free legal aid and recommended medical attention for the defendant while he is in custody.

The defendant, wearing an orange hoodie top and blue jeans did not address the court during the brief hearing.

Judge Dunne remanded him in custody to appear in Cloverhill District Court on April 16.

The alleged victim was being treated for his injuries at St James's Hospital today.

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