Monday 22 January 2018

Teenager accused of assault on garda

A TEENAGER is alleged to have attacked a garda from behind and struck a "very hard blow" to his head as the officer was helping to arrest his older brother, a court heard.

Christopher O'Malley (19) is alleged to have left Garda Michael Divilly with bruising down the side of his face. His brother, Karl (20), is accused of resisting arrest and of public order matters in the same incident in Tallaght on April 10 last.

The pair, both of Kilmartin Avenue in Tallaght, had their cases adjourned at Tallaght District Court for two weeks so they can speak to their lawyer.

Christopher O'Malley is charged with public order matters as well as seriously assaulting Garda Divilly at the playing pitches of St Mark's GAA Club, Cookstown Road in Tallaght.


His brother Karl is accused of threatening and abusive behaviour, failing to follow the directions of a garda, failing to provide his name and address and resisting arrest by Garda Lisa Prendergast.

In relation to the assault allegation, Garda Sergeant Bernard Jones previously alleged that Garda Divilly was on his knees arresting Karl O'Malley when Christopher O'Malley struck him. The DPP had directed summary disposal of the assault charge in the District Court, and Judge James McDonnell accepted jurisdiction.

Defence solicitor Padraig O'Donovan said he has received all statements in the case and he was looking for time so he could go through the evidence with his clients.

Judge McDonnell adjourned all matters for two weeks so Mr O'Donovan can finalise his clients' instructions.


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