Strabane man Pearse McCauley appears in court charged with stabbing wife

pearsemcProminent republican Pearse McAuley has appeared in court after his wife was stabbed in County Cavan on Christmas Eve.

Mr McAuley is charged with assaulting and threatening to kill his wife.

Pauline McAuley, a former Sinn Féin councillor, was injured at a house at Keelderry, Kilnaleck.

Pearse McCauley, who is originally from Strabane, appeared at a special sitting of Cavan District Court last evening. He is also accused of threatening two other people.

A detective told the court that the defendant, with an address at Canal Bank Walk, Castleforde, Ballyconnell, County Cavan, made no response to the charge of assault causing harm.

In response to the charge of threatening to kill his wife, the detective said he replied: "I didn't say I was going to do it. I didn't set out to kill or harm Pauline McAuley."

He was remanded in custody to Castlerea Prison.

He will appear again before Harristown Distict Court in County Roscommon on 2 January.