A GARRYOWEN man has denied stabbing another man who sustained serious injuries during a violent altercation at the weekend.
Jason Lyons, aged 21, of Saint Lawrence Park is accused of assaulting the man, causing him harm during the early hours of yesterday morning.
Mr Lyons is also accused of producing a knife during the incident, which is alleged to have happened at Greenhills Road, Garryowen shortly after 2am.
At Limerick Court, Garda Barry O’Farrell said the defendant replied “not guilty” and “I didn’t do it” when he was formally charged in relation to the incident last night.
During a bail application, Judge Eugene O’Kelly was told the alleged injured party, who is also aged 21, was “bleeding quite heavily” when he was found by gardai lying on a grass verge, minutes after he was attacked.
The man, who was stabbed in the chest area, was initially treated at University Hospital, Limerick but has since been transferred to Cork University Hospital due to the seriousness of his injuries.
Objecting to bail, Garda O’Farrell said Mr Lyons, who was arrested in the vicinity of the alleged assault, has been identified as the attacker by a third party.
A number of other people were also present in the area at the time, he said.
CCTV footage has been obtained from a number of premises and investigating gardai say they hope to speak with the alleged injured party once they are given the all clear by doctors.
Garda O’Farrell said he had concerns the defendant would commit “further serious offences” if released on bail and he told the court he did not believe he would turn up for future court appearances.
Solicitor John Herbert told the court his client was willing to abide by any bail conditions and he said he has lived at the same address “all his life”.
He said his client had given gardai “an account of his movements” on the night and strongly denies any involvement in the stabbing.
Judge O’Kelly refused bail and adjourned the case until Friday for DPP’s directions.