Tuesday 21 November 2017

Pub-goer accused of breaking man's nose denies assault

Lee Grufferty
Lee Grufferty

A pub-goer has denied breaking another man's nose in an attack after he was ejected from the premises.

Lee Grufferty (26) is accused of assaulting and injuring the man in an incident outside a pub in west Dublin.

He pleaded not guilty and the case was adjourned for hearing on a later date at Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr Grufferty, of Caragh Meadows, Naas, Co Kildare, is charged with assault causing harm.

He is also accused of using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour with intent to cause a breach of the peace.

Defence barrister Ciaran MacLoughlin said a hearing date would be required.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the case to a date in October.

The court had previously heard that the defendant made no reply when he was charged.


Gda Thomas Balfe said the DPP was directing to summary disposal of the case at district court level.

The offences are alleged to have happened at The Laurels, Main Street, Clondalkin, last October 23.

Giving an outline of the prosecution's case, Gda Balfe said it would be alleged that the accused was ejected from the pub on the date in question.

He became irate and hit a man a number of times, causing injuries, the garda alleged.

A medical report was presented to the court.

The court heard the alleged victim suffered a fractured nose and a laceration at the back of his head. He sustained this injury when he fell against a wall, Gda Balfe said.

There was also a cut above the man's left eye.

Asked by the judge what the alleged victim's present condition was, the garda replied that all the injuries had healed up well and there were no neurological problems.

Judge McHugh accepted jur- isdiction to deal with the case.

The defendant was remanded on continuing bail.

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