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Dylan O’Neill is accused of causing serious harm to a man

Dylan O’Neill is accused of causing serious harm to a man

Dylan O’Neill is accused of causing serious harm to a man

A young man is facing trial, charged with seriously injuring another man in an alleged att-ack with a glass container on a city centre street.

Dylan O'Neill (20) is accused of assault and weapons charges over an incident last year.

The case was adjourned for the preparation of a book of evidence when he appeared before Dublin District Court.

The accused, with an address at Carman's Hall in the south inner city, was remanded on continuing bail.

Mr O'Neill is charged with causing serious harm to a named man at Upper O'Connell Street last August 19. He is also charged with producing a glass container and watch during an assault at the same time and place.

When the case came before Judge Bryan Smyth, the accused was already facing a lesser charge of assault causing harm.

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Garda Emmett Brannigan, of Store Street Garda Station, applied to have this charge withdrawn and replaced with the more serious charge, which is under Section 4 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

Gda Brannigan said he charged the accused before the court sitting and he made no reply to either count.

The DPP had directed trial on indictment, and the garda sought a four-week adjournment for the preparation of a book of evidence.

The judge extended bail to cover the new charges and granted free legal aid following an application by defence solicitor Michele Finan, who said her client was unemployed and homeless.

Judge Smyth said a statement of Mr O'Neill's financial means should be submitted to the court in due course.

The accused will appear in court again on a later date.