Bail refused for man ( 40) who appeared in court on stab charges
MAN ( 40) APPEARS IN COURT ARISING OUT OF STABBING INCIDENT AT HOUSE
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.