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Colin Doyle is charged with assault causing harm

Colin Doyle is charged with assault causing harm

Colin Doyle is charged with assault causing harm

A man has been accused of breaking another's nose in a street assault in the city centre.

Colin Doyle (25), who is facing trial, had the case against him adjourned at Dublin District Court for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Judge Michael Walsh ruled the case was too serious to be dealt with at district court level, and it will be sent forward to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court when the book is ready.

Mr Doyle, of Woodview, Lucan, is charged with assault causing harm to the man at Aston Quay on May 11 last year.

A garda sergeant said the DPP consented to the case being dealt with in the district court on a plea of guilty only, subject to a judge considering the issue of jurisdiction.

Judge Walsh asked to see a medical report on the alleged victim's injuries. The man was in court to give evidence.

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Judge Walsh asked the man if he had seen the report and he replied that he had not, saying: "At the time, I wasn't exactly compos mentis."

The judge asked if he was happy that the hospital notes accurately described his injuries.

He said he was. He had injuries including orbital fractures to the left eye and a fracture to his nose, which had to be put back into place.

Judge Walsh said a doctor's report had set out the nature of the injuries, which he had considered, along with medical notes from St James's Hospital and details of a referral to the eye and ear hospital.

Having read these, he refused jurisdiction.

No evidence of the circumstances of the alleged assault was given in court.

The judge adjourned the case to next month for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Mr Doyle was remanded on continuing bail.