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Actor David Murray

Actor David Murray

Actor David Murray

AMBER actor David Murray will "strongly" contest an allegation that he assaulted a woman in Dublin last year, a judge has heard.

The actor, who featured in RTE series Amber earlier this year, has pleaded not guilty to attacking a woman in a flat in the city's southside.

He appeared again at Dublin District Court yesterday for his trial date to be set.

The 44-year-old stars in The Guarantee, a dramatic recreation of the events leading to the banking bailout. The film is showing in selected cinemas until Christmas.

Last week, Mr Murray, appeared at Dublin District Court to face a single charge under section two of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Persons Act.

The Cork-born actor is accused of assaulting a named female at a flat in Grosvenor Sq, in Rathmines, in south Dublin on October 5 last year.

Defence solicitor Matthew De Courcy had told the court that there was a "not guilty plea" and he asked for a hearing date in the new year to be set.

The district court trial will last about an hour and it was expected that there would be "one or two witnesses" but no CCTV evidence would be used, the lawyer had said.

The case had been adjourned until yesterday for the date for the full hearing to be set.

When his name was called, the actor stood up, but remained silent during the proceedings.

Judge Grainne O'Neill gave a February 9 trial date.

Mr De Courcy consented and he also confirmed to the judge that his client "will be strongly defending the charge".

ALLEGATION

No evidence relating to the allegation has been given so far in the proceedings.

The assault charge is a summary offence which on conviction can result in a possible fine and/or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months.

Murray starred in the TV mini-series Amber playing a distraught father who became increasingly desperate in his attempts to trace his missing 14-year-old daughter.

He is also known for known for appearing in blockbuster films including Batman Begins, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and King Arthur.

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