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Monday 20 November 2017

Man cleared of attacking sister

A DUBLIN man has been found not guilty of assaulting his sister, who had accused him of trying to throw her over banisters and punching her the face in front of their paralysed brother.

Colin Mason (28) had been accused of attacking his sister, leaving her with a suspected broken nose and other injuries while their brother with locked-in syndrome watched.

However, he was acquitted by a judge who said a garda photograph showing marks on his face created a doubt over what had happened.

Judge Ann Watkin dismissed the case at Dublin District Court.

Mason of Westpark Estate, Artane, had denied seriously assaulting his sister Celine, claiming she attacked him and he hit her once in self-defence.

He maintained the picture showed injuries he claimed to have suffered at his sister's hands, while gardai said he was uninjured on arrest.

After viewing the picture, Judge Watkin said: "I don't know who started the physical aspect of this altercation. There is obviously room for a reasonable doubt".

MAN FACES TRIAL ON €100K THEFT

A MAN accused of stealing over €100,000 in cash from a freight company is facing trial on the charges.

Mark Kemzura (33) is alleged to have taken the cash in amounts ranging from €150 to €2,360.

He is facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court after the DPP ruled that the matters were too serious for the district court.

Kemzura, of Brentwood in Essex, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with some 70 counts of theft.

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