Wednesday 16 January 2019

Patient allegedly threw a chair and hit nurse on head

Gerry O’Meara has not yet indicated how he will plead
Gerry O’Meara has not yet indicated how he will plead

A patient has appeared in court accused of seriously assaulting a medical professional by throwing a chair at her.

Gerry O'Meara (45) is alleged to have hit the nurse - who was sitting at her desk at the time - on her head.

Judge David McHugh remanded Mr O'Meara on continuing bail and adjourned the matter to a date in July for the DPP's directions on the charge.

A court heard gardai are still waiting on a medical report of the victim's alleged injuries.

The accused, with addresses at North Circular Road, Dublin 7, and Woodhazel Estate in Ballymun, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with seriously assaulting a woman.

The alleged assault took place at a ward in James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown on June 8 last year.

In relation to the allegation, Sergeant Maria Callaghan said it will be alleged that Mr O'Meara picked up a chair and threw it at the injured party.


Sgt Callaghan told the court the alleged victim was sitting at her desk at the time of the assault.

The sergeant said it will be claimed the chair hit the victim on her head.

Sgt Callaghan also said it will be alleged the female victim was cut on her head.

The sergeant said she was unaware of the seriousness of the head injury, as she was still awaiting a medical report of the victim's injuries.

The court heard the DPP is waiting on the medical report before issuing directions on the charge.

The court also heard that Mr O'Meara is out of work and he gets disability allowance.

Judge McHugh assigned defence solicitor Michael Staines on free legal aid.

Mr O'Meara has not yet indicated a plea to the charge.

The alleged assault is contrary to the non fatal offences against the person act.

His defence lawyer said there was consent to a long adjournment for the preparation of the medical report.

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