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Reveller facing trial for alleged pub assault

A PUB-GOER who allegedly broke another man's nose and knocked him unconscious is facing trial for assault.

Derek Hearns (30) is accused of attacking the man in a Dublin city centre bar.

Judge Michael Walsh ruled the case was too serious to be dealt with at district court level and adjourned it for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Mr Hearns, with an address at Swiftbrook Glen, Virginia, Co Cavan, is charged with assault causing harm to a man.

The offence is alleged to have happened at the Old Dubliner pub, Temple Bar on September 28 last year.


Dublin District Court heard a medical report stated the alleged victim had suffered "constant headaches" and vertigo afterwards.

An MRI scan had revealed a small lesion on his brain although it was not certain if this was related to what allegedly happened.

The court heard the incident took place at 2am and it would be alleged that the accused first approached the man and tapped him on the shoulder.

The man turned around and it was alleged that Mr Hearns punched him in the face once with his fist, causing him to fall to the ground, unconscious.