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Friday 30 September 2016

Assault accused 'had sharp-pointed stick'

Michael Cavanagh must stay away from alleged injured party
Michael Cavanagh must stay away from alleged injured party

A man accused of seriously assaulting another man last Christmas is facing trial.

Michael Cavanagh (53) was allegedly armed with a sharply-pointed stick.

He has been ordered to stay away from the alleged injured party for the duration of the trial.

The accused is facing trial by judge and jury in the circuit court after the DPP ruled that the allegations were too serious for the district court.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the matter to a date later this month.

Mr Cavanagh is expected to be served with the book of evidence then.

The accused, who is of no fixed abode, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with seriously assaulting another man.

The incident allegedly took place at Castlefield Woods in Clonsilla last December 27.

Mr Cavanagh is also charged with producing an article capable of causing serious injury, namely a sharply-pointed wooden stick, during the same incident.

Blade

He further faces charges of possession of a blade and possession of a knife blade.

A state solicitor said that the DPP has directed trial on indictment in the circuit court on the charges, where the penalties on conviction are greater than in the district court.

Mr Cavanagh has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charges.

The accused is in receipt of social welfare, and defence solicitor Terence Hanahoe was previously assigned on free legal aid.

Mr Cavanagh was remanded on continuing bail to appear before the court again on a date in May.

As part of his bail conditions, he has been ordered to have no contact, either directly or indirectly, with the alleged injured party.

If he is convicted in the circuit court, he faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

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