A ENGLISH man who is accused of stabbing another man after setting a fire outside the flat where he lives in the city centre was granted bail despite garda objections.
John Michael Barrett, aged 37, who has an address at Catherine Place is accused of stabbing one of his neighbours during an incident on April 1, last.
The injured man, sustained serious injuries to his hip and chest and was treated at the Mid Western Regional Hospital for a number of days afterwards.
It is alleged that Barrett, who is originally from Liverpool, had an altercation with the alleged victim a number of houses before the incident and that he set a fire outside his flat to lure him out.
The weapon used in the attack - a bread knife - was recovered by gardai and has undergone forensic analysis.
At Limerick Court, Sgt Donal Cronin says there was an objection to bail.
Garda Mick Dunne, Roxboro Road, said a comprehensive file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and he indicated that investigating gardai will be recommending trial by indictment at the Circuit Court.
He said he believed there was strong evidence in the case and he said he had fears the defendant will leave the jurisdiction and return to England if granted bail.
Solicitor Muiris Gavin said his client has lived in Limerick for eight of the past ten years and he told the court he is in an “on-off” relationship with a woman who lives in the city.
In his evidence, Barrett said he would abide by any bail conditions imposed by the court..
He also undertook not to leave the country if released on bail.
“I like Ireland, I live in Ireland and I’m not going to leave at all,” he said.
Judge Aeneas McCarthy granted bail subject to a number of strict conditions.
Barrett was ordered to stay away from the alleged injured party, live with his girlfriend at an address on Mallow Street and sign-on daily at Henry Street garda station.
He must also surrender his passport to the garda authorities and not to apply for travel documents.