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Bail refused Chef 'repeatedly stabbed escort' after sex while demanding she give his money back, court hears


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A CHEF has been accused of repeatedly stabbing an escort with a kitchen knife in a bid to rob her after they had sex at her west Dublin apartment.

It is alleged that when the blood-covered sex worker and a friend fled, Danilo De Silva (40) continued his attack, trying to stab through the kitchen door and screaming: "Money! Money! Money!"

Gardaí maintained he later phoned the alleged victim and said: "I want my money back."

Mr De Silva of Wentworth Place, Jigginstown, Naas, Co Kildare, is charged with attempted robbery, assault causing harm and producing a knife at the woman's Clondalkin apartment on November 2.

Judge David McHugh refused to grant him bail.

Objecting to bail, the prosecuting garda said the alleged victim was a sex worker at the apartment when the accused called there by appointment.

The two had consensual sex, after which it was alleged Mr De Silva took out a large knife.

It was alleged he demanded money and she managed to push him away, but he forced her to the ground.

The accused tried to stab her a number of times, causing a cut to her cheek, the garda said.

He continued to stab at her, one stab aimed at her throat, it was claimed.

She protected herself with her hand, which later needed eight stitches.

The woman's friend (30) came to her aid and the accused demanded money from her, the garda alleged.

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Both women ran to the kitchen where they used their body weight against the door to stop him from entering.

It was claimed he continued to make threats and demand money and tried to attack them.

The garda said CCTV showed the accused leaving with a long silver knife that he wrapped in a towel.

He believed Mr De Silva would interfere with witnesses.

The alleged victim said that at first the accused was "really nice". After sex, she said, he looked at her and said "sorry", then took the knife from a bag and attacked her.

The woman showed the cut on her hand to the court and cried as she said the accused knew where she lived and she was afraid "he will try to kill me".

The other woman told the court she went to the room and saw her friend "in blood", with "him over her" with a knife.

She said she also received a phone call later and the man said: "I'm the Brazilian guy. Tell (the alleged victim) I will come after the money."

Defence barrister Jennifer Jackson said the accused admitted he contacted the woman on escort.ie and "procured her services", but he denied the charges, and his version was that a knife was pulled on him and he was robbed of money.

Applying for bail, Ms Jackson said her client was presumed innocent.

Judge McHugh refused bail and remanded Mr De Silva in custody to appear in Cloverhill District Court tomorrow.

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