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Cork attack Man (31) charged with assault causing harm to his mother who was left with stab injuries

Retired teacher Mary Coughlan (62) remains in a critical but stable condition

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Gearoid Coughlan arriving at Bandon District Court. Photo: Denis Boyle

Gearoid Coughlan arriving at Bandon District Court. Photo: Denis Boyle

Gearoid Coughlan arriving at Bandon District Court. Photo: Denis Boyle

A young man has been charged with assault causing harm to his mother after she was left fighting for her life from stab injuries.

Retired teacher Mary Coughlan (62) remains in a critical but stable condition in Cork University Hospital (CUH) after being found with stab and slash injuries at a property outside Innishannon in west Cork on Friday afternoon.

Her son, Gearoid Coughlan (31), appeared before a special sitting of Bandon District Court on Sunday evening.

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Mary Coughlan

Mary Coughlan

Mary Coughlan

 

Judge James McNulty was told Mr Coughlan of Ballycoughlan, Innishannon, Co Cork, was arrested on Friday afternoon at Main Street in Innishannon and detained at Bandon garda station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

Detective Garda Peter Nolan said Mr Coughlan was charged at the station on Saturday evening with assault causing harm to Mary Coughlan on June 4 at Ballycoughlan, Innishannon, contrary to Section 3 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, 1997.

Judge McNulty was told that the defendant, after being arrested, cautioned and charged, made no reply to arresting gardai.

He appeared in court wearing a grey v-neck T-shirt and grey slacks.

The young man did not speak during the brief court hearing.

Defence solicitor Plunkett Taaffe said there was no bail application before the court but he was reserving his position as to bail at a future time.

Inspector Ian O'Callaghan said the State’s application was for a remand in custody.

Mr Taaffe said his client had been in receipt of psychiatric care for some time and had been treated within a community context.

"He has been unwell," Mr Taaffe said.

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He asked that his client receive all medical and psychiatric care deemed appropriate while in custody.

Judge McNulty directed that he receive such care as appropriate while on remand at Cork Prison and made a request to that effect to the Governor.

He also asked that the names of the young man's medical personnel be made known to the prison authorities to facilitate such care.

Judge McNulty also granted free legal aid having heard that Mr Coughlan is currently in receipt of a disability allowance.

He remanded the young man to appear again before Bandon District Court on Friday (June 11).

Mrs Coughlan was found lying critically injured at the property shortly after 1pm on Friday by a family member who had called to the house.

Emergency services were alerted and both gardaí and paramedics raced to the scene.

She was treated at the scene by paramedics before being rushed by ambulance to CUH where she underwent emergency surgery on Friday evening.

Mrs Couglan - a mother of four and highly respected teacher who only retired in recent times - remains in CUH in a critical but stable condition.

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