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Cork man accused of hitting neighbour eight times with metal mug remanded in custody

A MIDDLE-aged woman woke to find a young neighbour going through her bedroom and he struck her eight times in the side of the head with a metal travel mug on her bedside locker.

That was the allegation made yesterday when Edmond O’Sullivan, aged 28, applied to be released on bail charges of burglary and assault causing harm to the householder. Detective Garda Aoife Hayes objected to bail being granted to Mr O’Sullivan, arising out of the alleged violent burglary at the house at Inchera Close, Mahon, on Monday, March 30.

The address on the charge sheets for Mr O’Sullivan was flat A, 90 Shandon Street, Cork, but Det Garda Hayes said the accused also gave gardaí his address as another house at Inchera Close, where his wife’s family reside.

Det Garda Hayes said: “I arrested Edmond O’Sullivan, I charged him, I cautioned him and he made no reply to the charges.” One of the grounds for yesterday’s objection to bail at Cork District Court was the seriousness of the charges. “It is alleged that in the early hours of March 30 he entered the occupied house at Inchera Close and went upstairs to the bedroom where the injured party was asleep at the time.

“A male was rooting in the bedside locker and she woke and attempted to confront him. He punched her at the top of her head with a closed fist a number of times, before picking up a metal travel mug and striking the injured party eight times in the side of the head with it.”

At that point the woman’s adult son came into the bedroom and recognised Edmond O’Sullivan. The injured party also recognised him. She knew him by his nickname, Nebby.

Frank Buttimer, solicitor, asked for a brief adjournment at the end of this direct evidence so he could consult with the accused before cross-examining Det. Garda Hayes. However, when the bail application resumed Mr Buttimer said that the application for bail was being reserved and that the defendant would not pursue the bail application yesterday.

Judge Olann Kelleher remanded the accused in custody until April 7.