THREATS were made to kill a man to prevent him seeking urgent medical attention at a hospital after he was stabbed in the throat, arm and leg as he sat in a car in Cork city centre, it was alleged.
It was also claimed that the injured man’s wife who sustained lesser injuries was also threatened that she would be killed if she entered the nearby hospital.
Detective Garda Myles Moran objected to bail being granted yesterday at Cork Circuit Criminal Court to David Ross, aged 30, of Gurranabraher, Cork.
He faces trial on a number of charges of assault causing serious harm to Trevor O’Sullivan at North Main Street, Cork, on at 10.30am on October 1, 2019.
He is also accused of assault causing harm to O’Sullivan’s wife, Katie Nugent, during the same incident.
Ross faces two further charges of threatening to kill both Mr O’Sullivan and Ms Nugent.
Det Garda Moran said that the two injured parties went to the nearest hospital – Mercy University Hospital – after the alleged attack and that this was when they were threatened that they would be killed.
“This arose from a dispute between David Ross and parties associated with Trevor O’Sullivan.
"It is alleged by the injured party and his wife that they were threatened when they sought urgent medical attention at the Mercy University Hospital.
“The injured party knows David Ross for over ten years. Extensive CCTV footage clearly identified David Ross in the lead-up to and the aftermath of the assault. The nature of the evidence is very strong,” the detective said.
He added that when Trevor O’Sullivan did get medical attention, eventually, he had to have 50 stitches to his wounds “following his horrendous assault.”
Defence barrister Paula McCarthy said there was an affidavit from David Ross signed by his solicitor, Eddie Burke, applying for bail and stating that he would abide by all conditions required of him.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said, “It appears to me it would be foolhardy to grant bail in this case.”
The judge said the garda objection to bail was well-founded and on the basis of fears that more offences could be committed.