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Friday 9 December 2016

Dubliner jailed for assault in UK eight years ago to be freed

Donal Dunne was arrested at John Lennon Airport
Donal Dunne was arrested at John Lennon Airport

A 30-year-old Dublin man is due to be released in the coming weeks from a British prison after serving time for a savage assault.

Donal Dunne was arrested in Liverpool after he arrived with his friends at John Lennon Airport in Merseyside last August and has been in jail since then.

Dunne, who was not previously known to gardai, was detained for failing to answer bail in the UK in relation to an assault.

Dunne ultimately pleaded guilty last January 20.

He was sentenced at Caernarfon Crown Court in Wales to 21 months after the guilty plea and is understood to have been in a Liverpool prison ever since.

However, because of English sentencing guidelines, he is expected to be released in the coming weeks after serving half his sentence and return to his home in Finglas.

He was convicted of wounding two men during an incident in a house in the Pencraig housing estate in the town of Llangefni in the Anglesey area of Wales on July 23, 2006.

The offence of wounding is similar to the offence of assault causing harm in Irish law and it can attract a lengthy prison sentence on conviction.

According to court records, Dunne was charged along with another person of wounding a man, Robert Darren Williams, in the house.

He is also charged with wounding another person, David Anthony Parry, in the same house.

It is understood that after being questioned about these offences by Welsh police in 2006 and released on bail, Dunne left Wales before his re-arrest when he next travelled to the UK more than eight years later.

Dunne is expected to be released on licence some time within the next three weeks, which will mean that the Irish authorities will be kept abreast of his situation.

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