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Monday 25 September 2017

Doctor attack suspect is on bail

A CANADIAN student who was allowed go home pending his trial for attacking a French doctor in Temple Bar, Dublin, has abided by his bail conditions, a court has heard.

Simon Mercier (23), who studies in Quebec, is accused of assault causing harm to 26-year-old doctor Guillaume Osterstock in Temple Bar in the early hours of August 14 last.

Mr Osterstock sustained a serious head injury and was treated at Dublin's Beaumont Hospital, where he worked.

In September, the High Court agreed to let Mercier to return to Canada on bail to continue his studies. He is on bail in his own bond of €50,000 and has been ordered to live with his mother at Avenue des Compagnons, Quebec.

Mercier has agreed to sign on once a week at the Irish Embassy in Ottawa or the Irish Consulate in Montreal.

He lso gave an undertaking that he would return to Ireland for court appearances and that he would not to travel to any jurisdiction other than Canada or Ireland.

Yesterday Judge William Hamill heard at Dublin District Court that the DPP's directions were not yet available. A State solicitor informed the judge that a medical report from Beaumont Hospital was still outstanding.

Judge Hamill remanded Mercier on bail in his absence to appear again in March.

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