Man accused of stabbing motorist in the throat on North Main Street is denied bail

Man accused of stabbing motorist in the throat on North Main Street is denied bail

David Ross, aged 30, of Gurranabraher, Cork, was denied bail today.

GARDAÍ objected to bail being granted to a man arrested and charged with stabbing another man in the throat as he sat in a car in Cork city centre.

David Ross, aged 30, of Gurranabraher, Cork, was arrested by Detective Garda Maurice O’Connor and charged with assault causing harm to Trevor O’Sullivan at North Main Street, Cork, at 10.30am on October 1.

Det Garda O’Connor objected to bail being granted to the accused and outlined his grounds for objection.

He said the charged carried a five-year jail term on conviction on indictment and was a serious offence. “The nature of evidence is strong.

“It is alleged that David Ross assaulted the injured party by stabbing him three times – in the throat, arm and leg – while he was sitting in a car.

“The injured party had to get in excess of 50 stitches to his wounds.

“The injured party knows David Ross for over ten years.

“Extensive CCTV footage has been harvested in the area which shows the defendant in the lead up to and the immediate aftermath of the alleged incident.

“Distinctive clothing worn by the accused during this alleged assault has been seized by gardaí,” Det Garda O’Connor said.

The detective also raised the possibility of interference with witnesses.

“Gardaí believe David Ross is an extremely violent individual and will commit further serious offences if granted bail.

“It is believed this alleged assault arose from an ongoing dispute between him and other parties connected with the injured party.

“As a result of this dispute, gardaí have mounted an operation focusing on parties involved from both sides and as a result, parties associated with the dispute have been arrested and are before the courts in connection with weapons charges.

“It is alleged by the injured party and his spouse that they were threatened with further violence and intimidated by the accused,” the detective said.

The defence solictor said the accused was doing well on a methadone treatment programme and was about to move out of Cork city to live at an address in County Cork.

Judge Olann Kelleher refused to grant bail and remanded the accused in custody for a week.

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