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Friday 15 December 2017

Woman punched after night out, court told

A 25-year-old man has been accused of punching and kicking a female friend after the pair got a taxi home from a drunken night out.

Wayne Tansey is alleged to have attacked the woman so badly that she was hospitalised for five days.

The accused has disputed this, claiming the victim was at a party a couple of days after the alleged assault.

He is facing trial in the Circuit Court after a judge ruled that the matter was too serious for a local court.

Tansey was before Dun Laoghaire District Court for the service of the book of evidence but the State solicitor said the book was not ready.

She asked for the matter to be adjourned for four weeks, saying the book was missing a number of statements.

Judge Ann Ryan adjourned the matter to a date in April.

Tansey, of Cromlech Fields, Ballybrack, is charged with seriously assaulting a young female friend in the incident in Ballybrack village on August 9, 2009.

The court had heard the DPP had directed summary disposal of the matter in the District Court on a guilty plea only.



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Outlining the allegation for jurisdiction purposes, Garda Sergeant Peadar McCann said it would be alleged that Tansey and a female friend arrived back in Ballybrack village following a night on the town.

Sgt McCann alleged that the pair got out of a taxi, there was an argument between them and Tansey assaulted the woman.

The sergeant said it would be alleged that Tansey punched and kicked the woman to the body. It would also be alleged that he headbutted her.

The court heard the alleged victim was taken to A&E and spent five days in Loughlinstown Hospital.

Sgt McCann handed three medical reports into court.

Judge Ryan read the first report, from Loughlinstown Hospital, and said she was refusing jurisdiction.

Defence solicitor Jonathan Dunphy said Tansey would be contesting the allegations, claiming the victim was at a party a couple of days after the alleged assault.

Mr Dunphy also claimed pepper spray was used at the scene, and it wasn't used by Tansey. Judge Ryan said the claims were matters to be dealt with at trial.

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