Man to be sentenced at Letterkenny Circuit Court after admitting slashing wife neck

April 15, 2024

A man is to be sentenced before the Circuit Court after pleaded guilty to slashing his wife with a broken glass.

Carl Hargaden tendered a signed plea when he appeared before Letterkenny District Court today.

Hargaden admitted carrying out the attack on his wife who needed plastic surgery in a Galway hospital after the incident.

The 61-year-old, with an address at Flax Fields in Convoy, will now go before Letterkenny Circuit Court, the next session of which commences on April 23.

Sergeant Maurice Doyle told the Court that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has consented for the accused to be sent forward on a signed plea.

Legal aid was granted to solicitor Mr Patsy Gallagher and one legal counsel was assigned.

Judge Éiteáin Cunningham administered the alibi warning to Hargaden, who was brought to court by prison escort from Castlerea Prison, where he is in custody.

Hargaden was alleged to have slashed Anna Hargaden’s cheek, wrist and neck with a broken glass during an incident at Flax Fields, Convoy on Sunday, January 28.

Hargaden was initially granted bail, but had it revoked just 24 hours later when he was arrested for another offence.

Hargaden is charged with assaulting Anna Hargaden causing her harm, contrary to Section 3 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, 1997.

The court previously heard that Hargaden cut the back of the woman’s head with the same implement. The woman also sustained injuries to her neck and jaw in the incident.

Hargaden was also charged with breaking the woman’s glasses and with taking her mobile phone.

During the incident, Hargaden claimed to have placed the woman’s mobile phone in a fridge, but the phone was located outside the premises on Monday.