Bail re­fused for man ( 40) who ap­peared in court on stab charges


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A man has ap­peared in court in con­nec­tion with an in­ci­dent in which a hus­band and wife were stabbed at a fam­ily func­tion.

Michael Sweeney, charged with as­sault caus­ing harm fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent in which his brother- in- law and his wife were stabbed.

The father- of- five ap­peared at Let­terkenny District Court fol­low­ing the se­ri­ous at­tack at Cro­zon Park last Satur­day night week.

It is al­leged that Martin and Mar­garet Sweeney were both stabbed at the party fol­low­ing an altercation.

The ac­cused was also rushed to hos­pi­tal af­ter he re­ceived a punc­tured lung.

The al­leged vic­tim Martin Sweeney suf­fered mul­ti­ple stab wounds to his neck, back and arm.

He un­der­went emer­gency surgery at Sligo Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal where his con­di­tion although still crit­i­cal, has im­proved.

The fe­male vic­tim Mar­garet Sweeney ( 40), de­scribed by gar­daí as an “in­no­cent vic­tim”, re­ceived a num­ber of stitches at the hos­pi­tal, and was later dis­charged.

The 40- year- old ac­cused was rushed to hos­pi­tal af­ter he suf­fered a punc­tured lung dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

The court was told that Martin Sweeney is the brother- in­law of the ac­cused and they had gath­ered to cel­e­brate the news of a pregnancy in the fam­ily.

The ac­cused said when he was found by gar­dai two doors down from the scene of the orig­i­nal at­tack: “I was scared be­cause I had been stabbed with a sa­mu­rai [ sword]. I was try­ing to hide.”

A garda who at­tended the scene car­ried out CPR on one of the ca­su­al­ties.

Gar­dai ob­jected to bail for Michael Sweeney, of Old Bun­do­ran Road, Sligo, who was charged with as­sault caus­ing harm.

Solic­i­tor Rory O’Brien told the court that his client was a fam­ily man with a wife and five chil­dren who was will­ing to com­ply with any bail con­di­tions.

Judge Deirdre Gearty re­fused bail, ad­journed the case to this Fri­day at Har­ris­town District Court.

Michael Sweeney ar­riv­ing in court last week.

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