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Alleged attack Woman ‘had knife injury after hysterical 999 call’, court told

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A DUBLIN man has been charged with assaulting a woman who suffered knife injuries to her face in an alleged attack in an apartment on Christmas Day.

Andrew Lindsay (31) was arrested over an alleged incident in 2019, when gardaí arrived to find the woman wounded after she made a “hysterical” 999 call.

Judge David McHugh said he needed to know the “exact nature” of the alleged injury to the woman’s face before deciding on a court venue.

He adjourned the case at Blanchardstown District Court.

The accused, of Whitestown Gardens, Blanchardstown, is charged with assault causing harm to the woman at Aras na Cluaine, Clondalkin.

Outlining the prosecution’s case, Sergeant Walter Sweeney said a woman called Dublin Fire Brigade on December 25, 2019.

She was “hysterical” and said a “male had a knife,” while shouting could be heard in the background.

The caller also indicated that her face was bruised, Sgt Sweeney said.

When gardaí went to the ground floor apartment they saw the woman had injuries to her face, and that there were “knives and blood on the ground.”

The accused’s details were circulated and he was “intoxicated” when investigating gardaí later brought to Clondalkin garda station.

A medical report was submitted to the court.

Sgt Sweeney said the DPP consented to the case being dealt with in the district court subject to the judge considering whether to accept jurisdiction.

Judge McHugh asked for more information on the alleged injury, but the sergeant said the document he had “doesn’t describe the attack in too much detail.”

Judge McHugh said he had read the medical report and it stated the alleged victim was pushed against the wall and suffered injuries to her head.

There was also a reference to an “assault to the face with a knife.”

The judge said this was of concern and he could not proceed in considering jurisdiction without knowing “the exact nature of the alleged injury.”

He sought further information and adjourned the case to a date next month.

The accused was remanded on continuing bail.

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