A YOUNG man who is accused of stabbing his brother-in-law during a fight at University Hospital Limerick was granted bail despite a garda objection.
Denis O’Driscoll, aged 24, of Monaclinou, Ballysimon Road, appeared before Limerick District Court after he was charged in connection with an incident last Saturday night.
It is alleged Edward O’Rielly sustained wounds to his lower torso during the incident which happened at around 8.30pm.
Opposing a bail application, Garda Donna Ryan said the defendant was not at the hospital when she and a colleague arrived but she said a number of witnesses have made statements to gardai identifying Mr O’Driscoll as the culprit.
She said she had concerns the defendant would “interfere” with the alleged victim if released on bail.
She added that she feared the defendant might flee the jurisdiction if granted bail.
Solicitor John Herbert said his client accepts he was involved in an altercation but is adamant that he did not use a blade.
Judge Marian O’Leary was told there is a “history of bad blood” between Mr O’Driscoll and his brother-in-law and that “something blew up” when both men met each other while visiting a sick relative at the hospital.
Having heard the objection, Judge O’Leary said she was not willing to refuse bail and she adjourned the case to October 7, next.
Sergeant Donal Cronin said a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and requested that Mr O’Driscoll abide by a number of conditions.
The defendant was ordered to live at his home address and to obey a nightly curfew.