Sunday 24 February 2019

Carpenter accused of one-punch killing faces wait for trial

Jack Hall Ellis (21) has been charged with unlawful killing. Photo: Collins
Jack Hall Ellis (21) has been charged with unlawful killing. Photo: Collins

A judge has granted the State more time to complete a book of evidence for the trial of a man accused of manslaughter over a fatal one-punch assault on a student in Tallaght.

Apprentice carpenter Jack Hall Ellis (21), of Old Court Mill, Tallaght, was charged two days later with assault causing harm to Luke O'Reilly in the early hours of November 1 last year.

In May, he was further charged with unlawful killing.

He appeared again at Dublin District Court yesterday, when Judge Bryan Smyth agreed to grant the State time to complete the book of evidence.

Mr Hall Ellis, who is on bail, was ordered to appear again on July 25, when it is expected he will be sent forward for trial to the Circuit Court.

At a bail hearing in November, Garda Morris had said it was alleged that Mr O'Reilly (20) had just left the Metro pub after socialising with friends on Halloween night.


He was walking along Old Blessington Road with friends when a man approached him from behind, the officer said.

Gda Morris said the man "proceeded to punch him to the side of the head, unawares to him, he did not know what was coming".

He said Mr O'Reilly fell and hit his head on the concrete footpath. He was attended to by his friends immediately.

He was taken to Tallaght Hospital but his condition became more serious and he was transferred to the intensive care unit at Beaumont Hospital and died there on November 13.

Gda Morris agreed with the defence that Mr Hall Ellis had indicated he had drunk 10 double shots of Captain Morgan rum on the date of the incident.

As part of his bail he must reside with a relative in Ratoath, Co Meath, sign on twice weekly at Ashbourne Garda Station and stay out of Tallaght except for meetings with his solicitor or family occasions once he gives notice to gardai.

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