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Saturday 10 December 2016

Man's jaw was broken in two places after alleged one-punch street assault

Bernard McDonagh allegedly hit a man after intervening in a row
Bernard McDonagh allegedly hit a man after intervening in a row

A man had his jaw broken in two places when he fell unconscious to the ground after a one-punch assault while he was out socialising in Dublin's city centre, a court heard.

Bernard McDonagh (30) is alleged to have delivered the punch after intervening in a verbal confrontation between two men in a laneway.

The prosecution maintains the man fell face-down onto a concrete path, causing serious injuries.

Mr McDonagh is facing a circuit court trial after a judge ruled the case was too serious to be heard at district court level.

Judge Michael Walsh adjourned the case for the preparation of a book of evidence.

The accused is charged with assault causing harm to a man at Dame Lane on June 17, 2015.

Dublin District Court heard the man had been out socialising at 12.25am with a group of men and women.

There was a conversation in which "a few words were exchanged" between the alleged victim and a man known to the accused, a garda sergeant said.

Mr McDonagh is alleged to have intervened and struck him one blow to the side of the face.

According to the prosecution, this punch knocked the alleged victim unconscious and, unable to save himself, he fell to the concrete path.

His face connected with the ground and he remained unconscious for "quite some time," the court heard.

The accused left the scene and a witness called an ambulance for the man, who was taken to St James' Hospital for treatment.

Wired

The court heard he suffered two fractures to his jaw - one below the ear and another further down towards his chin.

His jaw needed to be wired and he was out of work for two to three weeks, the court was told.

Due to his time off work because of the injuries, he also missed out on a promotion.

According to a dentist's report, there was "quite a substantial amount of work" that remained to be done.

The dental work cost €2,070.

The alleged victim then gave evidence of his injuries to the judge. As well as the damage to his jaw, he said one of his teeth had been broken in half.

The court heard the accused had met gardai by arrangement later.

Judge Walsh said that having listened carefully to the evidence, he was satisfied that the case was "not capable of being dealt with" in the jurisdiction of the district court.

This means he will be sent forward to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court when a book of evidence is ready.

He was remanded on continuing bail to appear in court again on May 11. The charge against Mr McDonagh - with an address at Barn Lodge, Cappogue, Finglas - is under Section 3 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

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