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Father of three pleads guilty following alleged feud related stabbing in Longford

Patrick Stokes (28) spoke only once to enter a guilty plea when a Section 4 assault charge was put to him

Patrick Stokes leaving court

Scene of the incident

Liam CosgroveSunday World

A father of three has pleaded guilty to causing serious harm to another man following an alleged feud related stabbing in Co Longford.

Patrick Stokes (28) of Corboy, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford entered the guilty plea at a sitting of Longford Circuit Criminal Court on Thursday afternoon.

The Longford man was charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to his alleged victim at Luigis, Main Street, Longford on April 5, 2022.

The alleged incident took place shortly after 3pm and unfolded in front of 10 to 15 people, some of which included young children.

Mr Stokes, who was accompanied by members of his family, wore blue jeans, a white shirt and grey three quarter length jacket during this afternoon's brief hearing.

He spoke only once to enter a guilty plea when a Section 4 assault charge was put to him.

Scene of the incident

Shane Geraghty BL, counsel for the State, said directions were still outstanding in relation to two further charges facing the accused.

They include the alleged production of a knife and an alleged section 3 assault on another male at the same location.

The victim, who is also aged in his 20s, sustained serious injuries including several slash wounds to his upper body.

A previous court sitting held at the time of Mr Stokes' arrest last April heard the incident was linked to a violent and ongoing feud in the Longford area.

Michael Bowman SC, defending, said his client was currently on bail in connection to the incident and was a married father of three children.

He said one of those had been diagnosed with autism and requested a probation report be carried out on his client.

This, he added, was due to the likelihood there would be a "custodial element" to the sentence which would be handed down on Mr Stokes.

Mr Bowman also asked for legal aid to be extended to conduct a psychiatric report on Mr Stokes as he was a man who had been under the care of community psychiatric services for the past seven years.

Judge Kenneth Connolly remanded Mr Stokes on continuing bail to a sitting of Longford Circuit Criminal Court for sentencing on May 9.

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