A man in his fifties has been accused of assaulting a man and a woman on Christmas Day in the suburb of Banteer in Co Cork.
Laszlo Nemeth appeared before Midleton District Court in connection with the case of a 51-year-old woman left in critical condition after suffering serious stab wounds to the chest on December 25.
She was treated at University Hospital Cork and is currently recovering from her injuries.
Detective Garda Padraig Reddington gives evidence of arrest, charge and caution.
He said Nemeth, 56 years old, Hungarian nationality, has an address in North cork, was charged with four counts at Mallow Garda Station at 2.41 a.m. on January 6.
Detective Garda said when formal charges were brought to Nemeth, through an interpreter, he “did not give an answer” to any of the charges.
He said the State is applying for the defendant to be remanded in custody to appear in district court next week.
Nemeth, 56, was charged with two separate counts of assaulting a woman in her 50s and a younger man.
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The charges are contrary to Section 3 of the Non-fatal Crimes Against Humans Act 1997.
The defendant, who requested a Hungarian interpreter in court, also faces two counts of possession of a potentially harmful assault weapon, a fishing knife and a long-handled ax.
Possession charges contrary to Section 11 of the Assault Firearms and Firearms Act of 1990.
The allegations refer to incidents that allegedly occurred on Christmas Day afternoon at Glen North, Banteer in Co Cork.
Defense attorney David O’Meara reserves the right to apply for bail in the case at a later date.
He also applied for free aid granted by Judge Carroll.
Mr. O’Meara asked Nemeth to appear in person at the next court hearing instead of via video link.
He also asked his client to once again obtain the assistance of a Hungarian interpreter.
Today’s case hearing has been severely delayed due to a lack of Hungarian interpreters because of the increase in Covid-19 cases in Ireland.
EXPLAIN THE PROBLEM
Judge Carroll was told that Gardai had to ask a member of the Hungarian community with good English to come in instead of the usual agent staff.
She issued a plea and reassured Mr. O’Meara that his client would be able to meet in person rather than via video link during the next hearing.
Mr O’Meara said he needed an “unrestricted consultation” with his client ahead of next week’s hearing.
Judge Carroll took Nemeth in custody to appear before Mallow County Court on January 11.
Nemeth, who appeared in court wearing a gray and blue tracksuit, did not speak during the trial except to speak to his interpreter.
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