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Man charged with attempted murder at Cork home on Christmas Day 2023 – The Irish Times

By Vaseline May31,2024

A man (32) has been charged with the attempted murder of another man in Cork City and with causing criminal damage with intent to endanger the man on Christmas Day last year.

Shane Casey of Shanowen, Rathcormac, County Cork, was charged with the attempted murder of Billy Murphy at Mr Murphy’s home on Dyke Parade near Cork city center on December 25, 2023.

Det Gda Brian Barron of Bridewell Garda Station gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution and told the court that Mr Casey made no response when charged with the offence.

Mr Casey also made no answer when he was further charged with assault causing harm to Mr Murphy, manufacturing a knife and causing criminal damage with intent to endanger life.

Lawyer Diarmuid Kelleher said his client would not apply for bail because a suspect cannot apply for bail for attempted murder at the court level.

GDA Insp Martin Canny said the DPP had directed that the attempted murder charge should be tried on indictment before a judge and jury and heard at the Central Criminal Court.

He applied for a remand at Cork District Court until June 5, allowing the state to link the latest charges to other charges, including arson, already laid against Mr Casey.

Judge Philip O’Leary granted the State’s request and remanded Mr Casey in custody to appear again at Cork District Court on June 5, where he will appear on all charges.

At an earlier court hearing in March, when Mr Casey was charged with arson at the property on Dyke Parade on December 25, Det Gda Barron objected to the suspect being granted bail.

He said the objection was based on the seriousness of the offence, which carries a penalty of up to life imprisonment, and the strength of the evidence, including CCTV footage, against Mr Casey.

He said the state would allege Mr Casey went to the house on Dyke Parade and, knowing it was occupied, poured an accelerant on the front door of the house before setting it on fire.

The state would allege that when the fire burned out, Mr. Casey opened the front door, entered the house and started a fire in the hallway at the bottom of the stairs of the four-story building.

He said the state would allege that Mr. Casey left the building and stood outside the open front door watching as the fire broke out in the hallway of the historic building.

“It is alleged that at 6.06pm he closed the front door and attempted to barricade the front door from the outside, using a piece of wood to block to the side and then under the door.”

Det Gda Barron said the state would allege there were four people in the building at the time and one of them, a man, rushed out of the building in an attempt to escape the fire.

“Shane Casey swipes the knife at him twice, reportedly cutting his forehead. He has no choice but to retreat into the burning house as Shane Casey chases him.

“The two are seen on CCTV fighting each other,” Detective Inspector Gda Barron said, adding that Mr Casey held the knife and blocked the man’s attempts to escape the burning house.

Three of the building’s residents were able to escape, but a woman was trapped on the upper floors and had to be rescued by Cork City Fire Brigade.

Det Gda Barron said he believed that without the quick response of Cork City firefighters the arson would have led to the death of the woman trapped on the roof.

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