A 45-year-old man has been remanded in custody charged in connection with an incident where a woman was allegedly threatened at knifepoint while walking her dogs in West Cork.
Marius Karanauskas of Upper Bridge Street, Skibbereen was charged with two offences in connection with the incident which arose after his dog got into a fight with two dogs belonging to the woman on Tuesday afternoon.
Mr Karanauskas was brought before a special sitting of Macroom District Court on Wednesday where he was charged with making a threat to kill the woman at Market Street, Skibbereen on March 29th, contrary to Section 5 of the Non Fatal Offences against the Person Act 1997.
He was also charged with a second offence of producing a knife in the course of committing an offence, namely threatening to kill the woman, contrary to Section 11 of the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act 1990.
Garda Jonathan O’Donovan of Skibbereen Garda Station gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution.
He told the court that Mr Karanauskas replied after caution to the first charge: “I want to say sorry for this lady - I do not know how this happened - I was upset for my dog and I lost connections.”
Garda O’Donovan told the court that Mr Karanauskas replied after the second charge was put to him: “I don’t understand why this happened. I am very sorry.”
Insp David O’Callaghan said that gardaí were objecting to bail but defence solicitor, Sean Cahill said that his client was not applying for bail at this point.
Insp O’Callaghan said that gardaí were seeking a remand to Skibbereen District Court.
Mr Cahill said his client would consent to such a remand and Judge Colm Roberts remanded Mr Karanauskas in custody to appear at Skibbereen District Court on April 12th for the DPP’s directions.
He also granted him free legal aid and appointed Mr Cahill to represent him.