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Sunday 23 September 2018

Burglary charge for Dublin man after two hurt in assault incident

A man from Dublin has appeared in court charged in relation to a burglary which was carried out in Cork, moments before two men were assaulted by a group of people.

Carl O'Brien (27) was brought before a sitting of Cork District Court on Tuesday, where he was charged with a single count of burglary.

The incident happened at around 9pm on Sunday, at a house in Churchfield Avenue, Cork.

Hammer

Two men entered the unoccupied property and were approached by a group of unknown people a short time later.

The two men were then physically assaulted and required hospital treatment.

It has been alleged that one of them was hit on the head with a hammer during the public order incident.

Mr O'Brien, with addresses in Dublin and Cork, was arrested at Cork University Hospital on Tuesday after being treated for injuries.

He was charged and taken to Cork District Court, and later remanded in custody after gardai objected to bail.

The accused is charged with a count of burglary.

Mr O'Brien, who has resided in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, and most recently in St Helen's, Blarney, Co Cork, is due to appear in court again next week in relation to the incident.

The accused was remanded in custody after being refused bail and will appear before the same court again on September 28.

 

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is expected to give directions in relation to the incident ahead of the next court appearance.

In a statement gardai said they had responded to a public order incident on Sunday evening in the Churchfield Avenue area.

"Two injured males were discovered at the scene and brought to University Hospital Cork," a spokesman said.

Treatment

"Following inquiries being carried out at the scene, it emerged an alleged burglary had been carried out at a nearby property before the assault."

A second male, aged in his late 20s and originally from the Tipperary area, was also taken to hospital.

He was yesterday continuing to receive treatment at Cork University Hospital for his injuries.

A source said that this man was expected to be arrested for questioning in relation to the alleged burglary once he was declared medically fit by hospital staff.

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