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Saturday 10 December 2016

No plea over garda assault charges

A MAN has appeared in court charged with assaulting and injuring a garda in an incident in west Dublin.

Marcus Lauer (54) had the case against him adjourned after Blan- chardstown District Court heard the directions of the DPP had not yet been issued.

Mr Lauer, with an address at Earlsfort Grove, Lucan, is charged with one count of assaulting a garda, causing him harm.

The offence is alleged to have happened at Earlsfort Grove, Lucan, on May 24 last year.

Sgt Mary Doherty said the directions of the DPP were not yet available and Judge David McHugh agreed to adjourn the case.

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The directions will determine whether the case can be dealt with at district court level or if it will be sent for jury trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, which has tougher potential sentencing powers on conviction.

The defendant has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charge and no details of the alleged injuries have yet been disclosed to the court.

Judge McHugh granted free legal aid in the case after the accused's lawyer made an application and gardai did not object.

Mr Lauer was remanded on continuing bail, and is due to appear in court again on a date next month.

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