A 32-year-old Cork man who got engaged over Christmas appeared in court today charged with assault causing harm to his fiancée on New Year’s Day.
Jason Collins of 1 Pinehurst, Clash Rd, Little Island, is charged with assault causing harm to the young woman on January 1.
Garda Peter Kelleher testified, in a State objection to bail being granted to Mr Collins, that it was alleged the defendant used his elbow to strike the woman in the face and that there was a lot of blood.
Mr Collins applied for bail and said he was anxious to start a residential treatment programme through Arbour House.
Frank Buttimer, solicitor, told Mr Collins that he should not have gone to his fiancée’s house in the circumstances even though she had invited him.
Mr Buttimer asked what he would do if he got bail and she asked him down again.
Mr Collins replied: “I won’t go.”
Garda Kelleher said gardaí were concerned Collins would return to the woman’s house if granted bail.
Judge Mary Cashin said the accused was innocent until proven guilty but that it was a very serious matter.
The judge said she would remand Mr Collins in custody for a short period to see if the complainant wished to come to court to give evidence and to see what the position was about Collins entering a residential treatment facility.
Judge Cashin remanded Mr Cashin in custody until Wednesday.
Mr Buttimer said of the defendant and complainant during the bail application: “Even though they are at loggerheads they are engaged to be married.”
Mr Collins said they have been engaged since Christmas.
Mr Buttimer asked: “When will the big day be?”
Mr Collins replied: “I am not sure.”