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I saw man punched before he fell under city bus, court told

a civil servant has told a manslaughter trial that she saw a man being punched directly before he was run over by a Dublin Bus a year-and-a-half ago.

Edward Connors (30) is alleged to have punched Eoghan Dudley (28) causing him to go under the bus which crushed his head.

Mr Connors, of no fixed abode and formerly of Bearna Park, Sandyford, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to unlawfully killing Eoghan Dudley (28) on Dawson Street on December 6, 2012.

The trial has heard from multiple witnesses who said they saw a man punch the deceased before he fell off a crowded path into rush-hour traffic.

Day four of the trial heard from civil servant Fiona Hallinan, who was leaving work around the time of the incident and was walking down Dawson Street when she saw three men arguing.

She told prosecuting counsel Tom O’Connell SC that one of the men punched another with a closed fist. She said the punch connected with the man’s chest and he staggered back.

Ms Hallinan said she covered her face because she “could see what was going to happen”. She said that afterwards a young man beside her told her not to look.

“But I did look,” she said. “The poor man was on the ground and the bus had rolled over him.”

She said she was about six feet from the scene and agreed with defence counsel Caroline Biggs SC that “she had seen a horrific event, the likes she had never seen before and will never see again”.

Bulldozed

Ms Hallinan said that the man who delivered the punch “bulldozed through the crowd and ran away and that was it”.

The witness was asked if it was possible that what she saw was Mr Connors trying to grab Mr Dudley, rather than punching him. She responded she recollected that it was a punch.

The jury has already viewed CCTV footage allegedly showing the moment Mr Dudley died.

Mr Connors admits that he was at the scene and was interacting with the deceased. However, his defence counsel said that what may appear to be a punch was actually him trying to grab Mr Dudley and stop him going under the bus.

The trial continues on Monday before Judge Patrick McCartan and a jury of seven women and five men.

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