Thursday 17 January 2019

Glamour model's ex sent for trial accused of assault

Sean O'Dea
Sean O'Dea

A 28-year-old man accused of attacking Dublin glamour model Ava Van Rose has been served with a book of evidence and sent forward for trial

Sean O'Dea (28), with an address at Woodside, Clontarf, had been charged earlier with assault causing harm to his then partner Bridget Byrne (26), from Clondalkin, who works under the professional name of Ava Van Rose.

The model and mother- of-three appeared in the short-lived reality show Infectious along with Big Brother's Marc O'Neill.

It is alleged the assault happened at Mr O'Dea's address last November 27.

He also has additional connected charges for producing a knife and for making a threat to kill or cause serious harm to a named male at the same location and on the same date as the alleged assault.

Mr O'Dea, who has not yet entered a plea, made his fourth appearance at Dublin District Court yesterday, when he was served with a book of evidence.

The DPP had directed that he should face trial on indictment which means his trial will be heard in the circuit court which, on conviction, has tougher sentencing powers.


He was notified that if he intended to use an alibi in his defence he must notify the prosecution within 14 days.

Judge John Brennan made an order sending him forward for trial to appear on April 15 at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

He was remanded on continuing bail.

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