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Tuesday 13 November 2018

Man accused of assault with glass

Charged: Zhongbo Li. Photo: Doug O'Connor
Charged: Zhongbo Li. Photo: Doug O'Connor

A CHINESE man is facing trial on a serious assault charge after he allegedly struck and injured another man with a glass jug in a fight in a Dublin nightclub.

Zhongbo Li (32) is alleged to have assaulted the man, leaving him with facial injuries in the incident in a Temple Barclub.

A co-defendant, Shi Zhang, is facing a more minor weapons charge after allegedly throwing a bottle during the fight but not hitting anyone.

Both men had the cases against them adjourned at Dublin District Court. Li, of Main Street, Rathfarnham, is charged with assault causing harm to a man, and producing a glass jug as a weapon in the course of a dispute while committing or attempting to commit an assault.

Bottle

Zhang, of Hampton Wood, Finglas, is charged with producing a bottle in the course of a dispute at Sin Nightclub, Sycamore Street, on March 25, 2013.

The court heard a fight took place between the accused and Irishmen and it was alleged that Li threw a jug, hitting a man in the face. The court heard an Irishman allegedly attacked Li who was in turn injured.

The DPP was directing trial on indictment in Li's case and consented to him being sent forward to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on a "signed plea", if this arose.

He was remanded on continuing bail, to appear in court again on June 4, for the preparation of a book of evidence.

In Zhang's case, the DPP was directing summary trial at District Court level and Judge Walsh accepted jurisdiction to deal with it. He made an order for the disclosure of statements and CCTV evidence by the prosecution at the request of Mr Zhang's solicitor, Alice O'Reilly.

Ms O'Reilly also asked for the return of the accused's passport by the gardai.

Zhang's case was adjourned to May 21, for the accused to indicate how he intends to plead to the charge on that date.

APHELAN@HERALD.IE

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