Weapons cases for Circuit Court
JUDGE Gerard Haughton ruled that assaults allegedly involving offensive weapons must be dealt with in the Circuit rather than District Court. He was dealing last week with the case of MJ Cogley (37) from Knockreigh in Adamstown and Michael Murphy (55) of 2 Clonleigh, Palace East, Clonroche.
Garda Inspector Pat Cody traced the prosecution back to what he described as a family dispute at Ashbrook in Enniscorthy in October 5. The State's allegation was that Murphy stabbed Cogley in the face and chest, putting him in hospital for six days. The inspector further alleged that Cogley used a hammer to leave Murphy with head and elbow injuries.
Appearing for MJ Cogley, solicitor Dermot Davis insisted his client denied wielding the hammer. However, the judge ruled that both men must face proceedings in the Circuit Court and he adjourned the matter to allow preparation of books of evidence.