Man remanded over stabbing of 93-year-old in Co Louth

James Reilly (30) charged in connection with incident at house in Blackrock at weekend

A man in his 30s has been arrested by gardaí investigating a serious assault on a 93-year-old man in Co Louth.

A man in his 30s has been arrested by gardaí investigating a serious assault on a 93-year-old man in Co Louth.

 

A man has been refused bail after he was charged with attacking a 93-year-old pensioner who suffered knife wounds at his Co Louth home at the weekend.

James Reilly (30), from Gort na Glaise, Blackrock, Co Louth allegedly stabbed the elderly man three times to the abdomen and once in the hand, Dublin District Court heard.

He was remanded in custody and will face his next hearing on Friday at Cloverhill District Court.

At about 2.50pm on Saturday, gardaí and emergency services were called to the scene of an incident at a house on Sandy Lane, Blackrock where the elderly man had sustained a number of apparent stab wounds.

Emergency services attended the scene and he was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in a serious condition.

The defendant appeared before Judge Treasa Kelly at Dublin District Court on Monday charged with assault causing harm to the pensioner on August 10th.

He was also accused of possession of stolen property - a phone case belonging to a named man and a public service card owned by the pensioner’s wife, which were allegedly found at the defendant’s home.

Garda Michael Rochford told Judge Kelly the accused “made no reply” when charged.

Objecting to bail, the garda alleged that the elderly man had been in his garden when he was approached by a male unknown to him. After a brief exchange of words the male attacked him, he said.

The court heard the 93-year-old man tried to gain entry to his house.

Together with his wife, they prevented the man getting into the house as well, it was alleged.

Judge Kelly was told the attacker then fled.

Gardaí had obtained CCTV evidence, the court was told.

The court heard the victim’s wife had alleged she saw the man attack her husband with a red object. A search of the accused’s home was carried out and a red kitchen knife was found under a sofa there. Clothing was also recovered.

A public service card belonging to the pensioner’s wife was found at the man’s home. She suffered a “very traumatic experience” and Garda Rochford said he had concerns for witnesses and the injured party.

He said the elderly man was “viciously attacked” and he was objecting to bail due to the seriousness of the alleged offence.

Rory Eakin, defending, pleaded for bail and said his client would abide by bail terms.

He said his client had the presumption of innocence and had offered to take part in an identity parade “to establish his innocence”.

However, the garda replied that was not feasible.

Judge Kelly refused bail.

Legal aid was granted after the court was told the accused was not working and was on social welfare.