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Sunday 20 May 2018

Man denies assault and having claw hammer during dispute

Case against Graham Hatton was adjourned to January
Case against Graham Hatton was adjourned to January

A young man has pleaded not guilty to producing a claw hammer and assaulting a man during a violent dispute at a Dublin apartment complex.

Graham Hatton (23) had the case against him adjourned for hearing on a later date when he appeared before Dublin District Court.

He will be contesting the charge along with three other co-accused, and their cases will be tried by a judge in January.

Mr Hatton, of Capel Street, in the north city centre, is charged with assaulting a man and producing a claw hammer during a dispute at Larch Hill in Santry.

The incident is alleged to have happened on June 10 last year.

Defence barrister Shaun Smyth told the court Mr Hatton was the co-accused of three other people, whose cases had already been set for a January hearing date.

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He asked Judge John Lindsay to remand him on bail to the same date.

Two women and another man have already entered not guilty pleas.

One of the women is alleged to have had a baseball bat and the second a wheelbrace, while the man is accused of being in possession of a hammer during assaults.

Natasha Flood (27), of The Court, Larch Hill, Santry; Janet Flood (51), of Kilbarron Road, Kilmore West; and Dillon McDonald (23), of The Square, Larch Hill; are all pleading not guilty to assault causing harm to a man and a woman.

Ms Flood is further charged with producing a baseball bat in the course of a dispute, while Janet Flood is charged with producing a wheel brace and Mr McDonald is alleged to have produced a hammer.

The court heard the case involved a large number of witnesses and would take one day.

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