Man (31) charged with attempted murder of his mother at family home in Bandon earlier this summer

31 year old Gearoid Coughlan of Ballycoughlan, Innishannon previously appeared before Bandon District Court in connection with an alleged assault on his mother, Mary, in June.

At Bandon District Court today the assault charge against Coughlan was withdrawn. The DPP directed that he be charged with the attempted murder of Mary Coughlan and intentionally and recklessly causing serious harm to her. Both alleged offences occurred on the 4th of June last.

The court heard that Coughlan was also facing two minor theft charges involving his allegedly stealing a few cans of alcohol and a bottle of gin in a supermarket in Dunmanway on May 28 and 29th last.

Coughlan has been remanded in custody to appear before the next sitting of Cork Circuit Criminal Court on September 2nd in relation to those charges.

Judge James McNulty also further remanded Coughlan in custody in relation to the two more serious charges he faces. He will appear at the next sitting of the Central Criminal Court in Dublin where a decision will be made on his fitness to plead.

A previous sitting of the case heard that Gearoid Coughlan had defaulted on taking his medication for schizophrenia. A report provided to the district court outlined his longstanding history of paranoid schizophrenia and polysubstance drug abuse.

The court was also previously told that Coughlan is on a waiting list for a bed in the Central Mental Hospital.



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