A NEWCASTLE West man who allegedly attacked his best friend with a meat cleaver before Christmas has told a court that it was just “an argument between two best friends”.
Daniel O’Brien, 21, of 82 Assumpta Park, Newcastle West, is charged with assault causing harm to another man at Chestnut Gardens, Newcastle West on December 20, 2013.
At Limerick District Court, Detective Garda Joseph O’Sullivan said the injured party was allegedly struck twice in the back of the head, and required over 50 stitches.
Det O’Sullivan said the accused’s car has been seized, that he made admissions when he was arrested, and that blood which may match that of the injured party, subject to forensic analysis, was found on the meat cleaver.
Taking to the witness box, Mr O’Brien said: “It was an argument between two best friends, that’s all it was.” The accused claimed he brought his friend to the doctor and also collected him from hospital the next day.
Gardai said that the investigation is still ongoing and further charges may be forthcoming. The DPP is expected to recommend the matter be sent forward for trial on indictment.
Judge Aeneas McCarthy refused the bail application and remanded the accused in custody to appear before Limerick District Court again via video link on January 7 next.