Attacked three men with knife

A FOREIGN national who pleaded not guilty to being in Ireland without legal documents appeared at last week’s court where he was charged with assaulting three men with a knife, following an altercation outside a Rathdowney fast food outlet.

A FOREIGN national who pleaded not guilty to being in Ireland without legal documents appeared at last week’s court where he was charged with assaulting three men with a knife, following an altercation outside a Rathdowney fast food outlet.

Jingliang Li, with an address listed at Chapel Street, Rathdowney, faced three charges of assault causing harm, a charge of possession of knives, and one charge of the production of an article in the course of a dispute, at Chapel Street on April 20, 2008.

Inspector Martin Harrington told the court that the incident happened outside a takeaway and the three victims received injuries, with one man requiring stitches to his hand, another receiving an injury to his wrist and the third receiving an injury to his face. The court heard that Li used a knife during the altercation.

The matter was put back to January 10 for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Li was also charged with being an alien in the country without a valid visa, failing to register and failing to produce a valid passport. He pleaded not guilty and the matter was put back to April 26. He was released on his own bond of €100.