Thursday 26 April 2018

Warehouse operative facing trial for alleged assault at pub

Eoin McKinley appeared before Blanchardstown District Court. Photo: Douglas O'Connor
Eoin McKinley appeared before Blanchardstown District Court. Photo: Douglas O'Connor

A young man accused of assaulting another man at a Dublin pub has been sent forward for trial.

Eoin McKinley (21) was served with the book of evidence when he appeared on bail before Blanchardstown District Court.

The accused, of Whitestown Avenue in Blanchardstown, is charged with seriously assaulting another man at Wetherspoons, in the West End in Blanchardstown.

The assault allegedly took place on May 30 of last year, the court heard.

A State solicitor said that the book of evidence was ready and it had been served on the accused.

Mr McKinley goes forward to the next sitting of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge David McHugh gave Mr McKinley the formal alibi warning, telling him he had 14 days to provide to the State the details of anyone he proposed calling as a witness.


The judge also ordered that a video copy of an interview, which gardai conducted with the accused, be furnished to his legal team.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming applied for free legal aid, saying Mr McKinley is a warehouse operative and is only earning the minimum wage.

Mr Fleming also said that the accused man does not have any children, but his partner is currently pregnant with their first child.

Judge McHugh assigned Mr Fleming and one junior counsel on free legal aid.

Mr McKinley has not yet indicated how he is pleading to the charge.

The court heard that there was no objection to Mr McKinley going for trial on the same bail terms.

The judge remanded the accused on bail and he is to appear before Court 5 in the Criminal Courts of Justice on a date in October.

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