The 54-year-old man who confessed to carrying out a serious stabbing attack last Christmas on a woman and also causing harm to two of her children will not be sentenced until June.
It emerged today that the victims want to attend Cork Circuit Criminal Court to give evidence at the sentencing hearing.
Thomas O’Sullivan of Silvercourt, Silversprings, Cork, appeared by video link from prison at Cork Circuit Criminal Court today.
Ray Boland, defence barrister, said today, “Just before Christmas he came into a house and stabbed the woman of the house who received very serious injuries.”
This victim, who has not been named, by court order, underwent nine hours of emergency surgery following the attack.
Mr Boland said two of the victim’s children – a 20-year-old daughter and ten-year-old son – intervened to protect their mother and they too became victims of assault causing harm.
While the accused has signed pleas of guilty to charges of assault causing serious harm to the 47-year-old woman and assault causing harm to the son and daughter, these signed pleas need to be affirmed formally.
This requires the attendance of O’Sullivan in court in person rather than by video link.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said this could be done on Thursday, April 23.
On that date it is anticipated that the case will be further adjourned, possibly to a date in June for victim impact evidence and medical reports on the injured parties, in particular on the 47-year-old woman.
The judge was told the victims wanted to be present in court for the sentencing of O’Sullivan.
The accused was remanded in custody until Thursday as the judge explained to him in relation to the affirmation of the signed pleas as the subsequent sentencing, “There are two parts to it.”
The judge refused an application to have a senior counsel appointed to represent the accused at the sentencing.
Judge Ó Donnabháin said a junior counsel could represent the defendant on all matters.
O’Sullivan was originally charged with three separate counts of assault causing harm to a 47 year old woman, her 20 year old daughter and her ten year old son at an address in Cork city on December 23, contrary to the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997.
Detective Garda Dermot Crowley at the time that the state would allege that the older woman suffered a number of stab wounds to her torso while the younger woman suffered a stab wound to the back of her neck and the boy suffered a stab wound to his side.
He said all three had to be treated for their injuries at Cork University Hospital where the older woman had to undergo emergency surgery, lasting nine hours to treat the injuries she had suffered in the attack.
That assault causing harm charge was subsequently upgraded to one of assault causing serious harm.