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Saturday 19 August 2017

Nightclub manslaughter accused remanded on bail

The scene of the attack was sealed off pending a forensic examination, while gardai appealed for information
The scene of the attack was sealed off pending a forensic examination, while gardai appealed for information

A man charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of a man following a row outside a Dublin nightclub has been remanded on bail.

Christopher Fitzgerald, a 34-year-old father, suffered serious injuries in the incident in Swords, north Co Dublin, in the early hours of Sunday.

Emergency services were called to the scene, where Mr Fitzgerald was being attended to by nightclub staff.

Mr Fitzgerald, originally from Dublin but living in Drogheda, Co Louth, was rushed to Beaumont Hospital, where he later died.

The scene of the attack was sealed off pending a forensic examination, while gardai appealed for information.

The accused, Daniel Fitzgerald (33), from Whitestown Avenue, Blanchardstown, Dublin, was charged on Wednesday with the unlawful killing of Christopher Fitzgerald on May 7 at Airside Business Park in Swords.

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Judge Michael Walsh had remanded him in custody with consent to bail and he faced his second hearing at Dublin District Court yesterday.

The judge had set bail in his own bond of €250, with a €7,500 independent surety. He also said that, instead of the independent surety, the court would accept €5,000.

Bail had been taken up and Mr Fitzgerald was released from custody ahead of his hearing yesterday, when the judge ordered him to appear again on July 7.

The defendant did not address the court during the hearing, but his solicitor Richard Young said there was consent to Detective Sergeant Ian Brunton's application for an eight-week adjournment.

At the first hearing on Wednesday, Det Sgt Brunton had told the court that, when Mr Fitzgerald was handed a true copy of the manslaughter charge, he replied: "I'm so, so sorry he passed away, I was only trying to defend myself."

The judge had agreed to impose bail conditions sought by Det Sgt Brunton.

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