The mother of a boy charged in connection with the stabbing of seven people at the weekend pleaded with Irish police for a blood test to be carried out on her son to see if he had been drugged.
The 17-year-old was last night held in a juvenile detention centre after coming before a special court hearing in relation to the incident, which happened in Drogheda, Co Louth, in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Dundalk District Court heard that his mother had asked for a doctor to take a blood sample from him because she did not believe he had just alcohol in his system when the incident took place.
It is expected the accused will undergo a medical assessment today.
The boy, who cannot be named because of his age, had been arrested and questioned by gardai in relation to the stabbings, which took place between West Street and Peter Street in the town.
Of the seven people attacked, aged between 16 and 23, three remained in hospital last night, with one in intensive care.
Yesterday the accused faced charges of assault causing harm to brothers Patrick (20) and Mark Nutley (20), from Highlands, Drogheda, and Stephen Floody (18), from Roseville, in Drogheda town.
Garda Raymond Barry, of Drogheda garda station, who arrested the accused, told Judge Brennan that more serious charges may be brought.