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Man charged with assault after being accused of stabbing priest 6 times

by Kelly Valencia

A man in Waterford has been charged with assault causing harm after police say he stabbed a priest six times. 

The court heard attacker gained access to a chaplains house near University Hospital Waterford in Ireland after "scaling a wall" from the department of psychiatry at the hospital. 

Once inside the chaplain's house, the 22-year-old allegedly armed himself with a knife and stabbed a priest six times, injuring his face, head and back. 

The priest received immediate hospital treatment and despite the various injuries, was allowed to leave hospital on the same day. 

Detective Garda Liam Harty told the court the aggressor fled the house two minutes after the incident. He added the attack was "completely unprovoked attack" and hinted charges facing the 22-year-old may be upgraded to "attempted murder and burglary".

Defence barrister Andrew Walsh requested the judge to grant legal aid and a psychiatric report.

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