Man remanded over concert assault


A 22-year-old has been refused bail after he was accused of repeatedly stabbing a tourist at a Swedish House Mafia concert in the Phoenix Park in Dublin on Saturday.

There were a number of assaults - including several stabbings of people in their teens and 20’s - at the outdoor gig in Phoenix Park which was headlined by the Swedish dance group.

Raymond Donnan, with an address at Greenfort Crescent, Clondalkin, Dublin, was charged with a number of offences in connection with incidents at the concert.

Mr Donnan is accused of assault causing harm to Andrew England – a tourist from the Isle of Man who suffered multiple stab wounds - as well as production of a knife in the course of a dispute, violent disorder, breach of the peace and being intoxicated in public, at the Phoenix Park, on July 7th.

Sgt Shane McCartan told Judge Grainne Malone at Dublin District Court Mr Donnan “made no reply in respect of the charges".

Sgt McCartan also objected to bail citing “the nature and degree of seriousness of the charges”.

He said Mr England had been at the concert with his girlfriend. It would be alleged he “went to the assistance of an unknown female who had been involved in an altercation”.

Sgt McCartan said Mr England (28) was the victim of an “unprovoked attack”.

Judge Malone was told the concert-goer was stabbed “on five occasions” causing him to receive four puncture wounds to his side and one to his head.

Mr England also suffered damage to his liver and “had to receive stitches to the back of his head and elbow arising out of this attack”.

Sgt McCartan also said there was a general melee allegedly involving Mr Donnan and about seven other males in his company and a bottle was broken over another person’s head.

In his objection to bail Sgt McCartan also cited the strength of evidence in the case and added the incident was witnessed by Mr England’s girlfriend and two gardaí.

The garda also said the violent disorder charge on conviction carried a sentence of up to ten years and an assault charge can result in a five-year term.

Dressed in a grey tracksuit, Mr Donnan spoke briefly when he was granted legal aid and he nominated a solicitor to represent him, but he has not yet indicated how he will plead to the charges.

Sgt McCartan agreed with defence solicitor Lorraine Stevens that Mr Donnan has lived at his address all his life.

The judge also heard that Mr Donnan’s relatives were prepared to stand bail in the sum of €1,500. She was also told the case would probably be sent forward to the Circuit Court and it could take a year before the trial takes place.

Judge Malone refused bail and remanded Mr Donnan in custody to appear again at Cloverhill District Court on Friday.