Our thanks to Sean for this. Extracts:
Mr Ogbewe (54), a Nigerian national of Greenlanes, Drogheda, Co Louth, is charged with assault causing harm to the infant at an address in the midlands on a date in December 2015.
Garda Sergeant Paul Carney told Judge John Coughlan that, when charged, Mr Ogbewe replied: “I am sorry I committed such an offence.”
Objecting to bail, Sgt Carney said it was alleged the accused performed the circumcision at the child’s home.
The infant required surgical intervention at Mullingar and Crumlin hospitals, to correct the bleed and receive a blood transfusion…
Mr Flynn [J4MB: Defence barrister] accepted it was a “very sinister alleged offence” and the court would be concerned by the evidence but the accused was in the country 20 years and was prepared to abide by strict bail conditions.
Judge Coughlan refused bail and, granting legal aid, said it was a “unique, very unusual case [J4MB: Nonsense on stilts. Non-medically qualified people carry out MGM on thousands of male minors every year across the UK and Ireland.] and a very serious case”. [J4MB: ALL cases of MGM are “very serious”.]
The court heard the offence carried a maximum potential sentence of five years on conviction and the DPP was considering further serious charges.
The accused has not yet indicated a plea.
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