A 55-year-old man is to stand trial after a ten-month old baby boy needed hospital treatment after a "crude circumcision" carried out in the midlands three years ago.

Father-of-six, Philip Ogbewe, with an address at Green Lanes, Drogheda, Co Louth, allegedly used a surgical blade on the infant who then ended up being in hospital for two weeks.

Mr Ogbewe, who is originally from Nigeria but has been living in Ireland for 20 years, was refused bail after appearing before Judge John Coughlan at Dublin District Court.

He was charged with assault causing harm to the baby boy in a midlands town on a date in December 2015.

The infant would have died had it not been for the intervention of medical professionals, the court heard.

Mr Ogbewe has allegedly described himself 'Dr Philip', a "third generation circumciser" but has no medical training, the court was told.

Garda Sergeant Paul Carney said he arrested him in Drogheda yesterday and brought him to a garda station in the midlands to be charged.

After he was cautioned, he replied: "I am sorry I committed such an offence."

Judge Coughlan was furnished with a list of objections to bail drafted by the investigating officer who cited the seriousness of the case.

The judge noted the case related to a ten-month male infant and it was alleged the defendant allegedly performed a "home circumcision" and that was the alleged assault.

Sergeant Carney applied for a remand in custody.

He said the infant required surgical intervention at the Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar and was later transferred to Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin.

The baby needed a blood transfusion and medics had to "correct the bleed".

The assault charge can carry a maximum sentence of five years, but the court heard the Director of Public Prosecutions was considering further more serious charges.

Sergeant Carney alleged the accused travelled to the injured party's home and performed the circumcision.

His phone was seized, which had the phone number used by the injured party's mother to contact him before and after the circumcision.

Sergeant Carney said technical analysis of the phone identified 21 other appointments for circumcisions in Dublin, Meath and Offaly.

He said the accused identified himself as Dr Philip and gardaí believed that if bailed he would endanger the safety of other children by carrying out these practices.

He agreed with defence counsel Niall Flynn that he was not concerned the accused would flee. He was satisfied he lived here since 1998 and has family in this jurisdiction.

Counsel said his client who had the presumption of innocence had three children with his partner and three with his ex-wife.

Counsel said Mr Ogbewe no longer had the phone.

The garda witness said the accused was renowned in the African community and referred to himself as a "third generation circumciser".

He did not believe Mr Ogbewe needed a mobile phone to communicate with potential clients.

Mr Flynn said his client, if let out on bail, would give an undertaking not to carry out any circumcision or contact any witnesses. 

However, the sergeant did not believe he would adhere and he added that during interview the accused indicated he was pressured into performing circumcisions.

Judge Coughlan refused bail and remanded him in custody to appear again on 23 November.

As he granted legal aid, he described the case as unique, very unusual and very serious.