Bail was refused to a young man charged with carrying out a daylight stabbing of another man in the centre of Cork city as shoppers passed by in the middle of the afternoon.
Stephen Casey appeared at Cork District Court by video link from prison and his solicitor Joseph Cuddigan suggested that the accused would be willing to comply with all conditions required by the state, including signing on conditions and curfew.
However, Detective Garda Brian Maher objected to bail and said the state would not be amenable to the accused being released on any bail conditions.
Judge Olann Kelleher refused bail and remanded the defendant in custody until November 4 at Cork District Court.
It was reported at the time that but for the intervention of gardaí the victim could have bled to death after being stabbed in the head during the attack on St. Patrick’s Street near the front of the Savoy.
Stephen Casey was arrested by Detective Garda Maher and first brought before Cork District Court last week.
Casey, 35, with an address at an apartment at Rocksprings House, Middle Glanmire Road, Cork, was charged with assault causing harm to the other man, who is aged around 30, at St. Patrick’s Street on October 8.
The victim was brought to Cork University Hospital where he underwent surgery to repair wounds to his head and his hands. It was reported that he was fortunate to have survived as he suffered a severed artery during the attack.
The alarm was raised at 3.45pm on Thursday that there had been a stabbing on St Patrick’s St.
Gardaí launched an immediate response, dispatching members of its detective branch, its city centre policing unit, an armed support unit, and regular units to the scene.
Two gardaí who had been in the area were the first to arrive and found the victim collapsed and bleeding heavily in the doorway of the Savoy centre.
They administered first aid as they waited for paramedics while colleagues searched for the attacker, who fled the area.
Gardaí sealed off the area around the Savoy, and two other areas of pavement on the street, for a forensic examination.