Tuesday 25 September 2018

Accused hit spectator at football match, court told

Cialan O'Mahony
Cialan O'Mahony

A DUBLIN man has been accused of inflicting facial injuries on another man by punching him on the sideline of a football pitch during a match.

Cialan O'Mahony (26) had the case against him adjourned when he appeared in Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr O'Mahony, with an address at St Laurence's Road, Chapelizod, is charged with assault causing harm to a man.

The incident is alleged to have happened at St Catherine's Park, Lucan on November 22, 2014.

Sgt Mary Doherty said the directions of the DPP were not yet available in the case and sought an adjournment.

Judge David McHugh asked for a "general outline" of the prosecution's case to "move things along".

Sgt Doherty said it would be alleged that while the other man was standing on the side line of a football pitch, O'Mahony punched him on the right cheek, knocking him to the ground.

The alleged victim suffered facial injuries and went for medical treatment.

The court heard he received two stitches to the face but a medical report was not yet available.

Judge McHugh said it may be "we are able to proceed" without a medical report on the next date.


He said sometimes it was possible without a medical report to consider whether to accept jurisdiction to deal with a case at District Court level.

He granted free legal aid after O'Mahony's solicitor submitted a statement of his financial means to the court. There was no garda objection.

The case was adjourned to a date later this month and O'Mahony was remanded on continuing bail. He has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charge.

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