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Court hearing Hungarian man charged with serious assaults after woman stabbed on Christmas Day

He also faced two charges of possession of offensive weapons, namely a long-handed axe and a fishing knife.

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Lazlo Nemeth (56) pictured at Midleton District court in connection with the serious assault of a woman on Christmas Day in Banteer, Co. Cork. Pic Cork Courts Limited

Lazlo Nemeth (56) pictured at Midleton District court in connection with the serious assault of a woman on Christmas Day in Banteer, Co. Cork. Pic Cork Courts Limited

Lazlo Nemeth (56) pictured at Midleton District court in connection with the serious assault of a woman on Christmas Day in Banteer, Co. Cork. Pic Cork Courts Limited

A Hungarian national has been charged with assault causing harm after an incident on Christmas Day in which a woman was left in a critical condition with stab injuries.

Laszlo Nemeth (56), a Hungarian national, appeared before Midleton District Court on a total of four charges.

These included two separate charges of assault causing harm to a 51 year old woman and a younger man.

The charges were both brought contrary to Section 3 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, 1997.

He also faced two charges of possession of offensive weapons, namely a long-handed axe and a fishing knife.

Those charges were brought contrary to Section 11 of the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act.

All charges related to alleged incidents which occurred at Glen North at Banteer, Co Cork shortly after lunchtime on Christmas Day.

Judge Joanne Carroll was told that Nemeth, who is from Hungary but has an address in north Cork, was formally charged at Mallow Garda Station on Thursday.

Detective Garda Padraig Reddington told the court that when the charges were formally put to Nemeth, via an interpreter, he "offered no reply" to any of the counts.

Det Garda Reddington said the State was applying for the defendant to be remanded in custody to appear again before the district court next week.

Solicitor David O'Meara said there would be no bail application on behalf of his client at Midleton District Court.

However, he said the issue of bail may be dealt with at a later court sitting.

Judge Carroll granted an application for free legal aid given the defendant's personal circumstances and the serious nature of the charges he now faced.

She also granted a defence application that Nemeth attend his next court appearance in person and not via video-link - and that he be assisted at the court by a Hungarian interpreter.

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Judge Carroll remanded Nemeth in ongoing custody to appear again before Mallow District Court on January 11.

Nemeth, who appeared in court wearing a grey and blue sports top, did not speak during the court hearing except to confer with his interpreter.

The 51 year old woman who was rushed to Cork University Hospital (CUH) on Christmas Day in a critical condition with stab injuries subsequently underwent emergency surgery.

She is now recovering well and is understood to be in a stable condition.

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