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Sunday 24 September 2017

Youth is bailed after being charged with assault of man in 50s who later died

Niall Hewison has been charged with assaulting Edmund Rice, who later died
Niall Hewison has been charged with assaulting Edmund Rice, who later died

A 20-year-old man has app- eared in court charged with assaulting a man who later died.

Niall Hewison, of the Clarinwood estate in Tramore, Co Waterford, appeared before Waterford District Court yesterday.

Mr Hewison was charged with assault causing harm to Edmund Rice, aged in his 50s and from Northern Ireland who had been living locally for a number of years.

Mr Rice was originally from Coleraine.

Mr Hewison was bailed with conditions.

The charge related to an incident in Lower Strand Street in the town.

Mr Rice was taken to University Hospital in Waterford but later died from his injuries.

Charged

Giving evidence at the special sitting of the court, Det Sgt Shay Keevans told Judge Gerard Furlong that he formally arrested the accused at 10.57pm on Saturday and charged him six minutes later. He offered no reply when charged.

Mr Hewison wore a navy suit with waistcoat and a blue shirt in court.

Members of his family were in court as he was charged. He was granted legal aid.

Edmund Rice, victim of fatal assault in Waterford
Edmund Rice, victim of fatal assault in Waterford

Insp Anthony Dineen said that there was no objection by the State to bail.

Judge Furlong told Mr Hewison that two normal conditions of bail were that he appear for all court appearances and be of good behaviour.

Other conditions were that he reside in Clarinwood, sign on three times a week at Tra- more Garda Station, surren- der his passport and not reapply for additional travel documents.

The accused also undertook not to leave the jurisdiction and to remain sober at all times in the €300 bail bond. The case was adjourned to a sitting of the court on July 25.

Mr Hewison left the court with his family.

Gardai are carrying out interviews and are seeking anyone who was in the area or anyone with information to contact them on 051 381333.

Insp Anthony Pettit said: "We are looking to speak to anyone who was in the area to contact us, whether they witnessed the incident or not."

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