Man remanded in custody after Askeaton stabbing

Colm Ward

Reporter:

Colm Ward

Newcastle West court
A 25-year-old Askeaton man has been remanded in custody on charges of assault and possession of a knife arising from an incident in the town on Sunday afternoon.

A 25-year-old Askeaton man has been remanded in custody on charges of assault and possession of a knife arising from an incident in the town on Sunday afternoon.

Newcastle West district court heard that a woman had suffered “serious injuries” to her leg during the course of the incident.

Sgt Niall Flood told the court that the woman was cut with a knife from her groin to her knee and also suffered stab wounds to the groin area. She subsequently underwent surgery to treat her injuries.

Gardai objected to the granting of bail to Michael Harty of 16 Lismakeera, Askeaton who is charged with assault causing harm and possession of an offensive weapon in relation to the incident.

Judge Mary Larkin was also told that in the aftermath of this incident, two caravans were burned in the town, both belonging to relatives of the injured party.

Sgt Flood told Judge Larkin that the incident was part of a “ongoing feud” among different factions of the Harty family in Askeaton.

“Gardai are strongly of the belief that Michael Harty is one of the main protagonists in this feud,” Sgt Flood added.

He added that the injured party had identified Mr Harty as the person who had allegedly attacked her.

“Gardai are of the belief that if he was released on bail, the accused would attempt to interfere with the injured party and other witnesses,” Sgt Flood added.

Mr Harty’s solicitor Michael O’Donnell pointed out that his client was not a flight risk.

Judge Mary Larkin refused bail on the grounds that she was “concerned about the commission of a serious offence”.

The accused was remanded to appear in custody to Limerick district court next Tuesday.