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Monday 18 December 2017

Three accused on fatal pub fight sent for trial

THREE men charged with public order offences following an incident in Dublin in 2009 during which an English man died have been sent forward for trial.

Jason Lee Martin (39), from Oldham, Manchester, died from wounds he sustained in a row outside a pub in Ballyfermot in September 27, 2009.

Derek O'Driscoll (38 - pictured), David King (27) and Michael Byrne (39) are facing public order offences arising out of an incident outside the pub.

They are facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court after the DPP ruled the matters were too serious for the District Court.

Dublin District Court heard that there are up to 200 witnesses in the case.

O'Driscoll, of Croftwood Park, Ballyfermot, appeared before the court charged with affray and violent disorder.

His co-accused, King, also of Croftwood Park, Ballyfermot, is charged with violent disorder and with assaulting two peace officers.

The third man, Michael Byrne, of Old Tower Crescent, Clondalkin, is charged with affray.

The charges arise out of a row outside a pub at Park West Road in Ballyfermot on September 27, 2009.

A State solicitor said the book of evidence was ready and had been served on the defendants, who go forward to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge Conal Gibbons remanded the men on bail in their own bonds. As part of his bail conditions, O'Driscoll must stay away from the Parkwest area of Dublin and away from any witnesses in the case.

Judge Gibbons also gave the men the alibi caution, warning them they had 14 days to provide to the State details of proposed witnesses.

The court heard the case was a complex one, with 200 witness statements taken by detectives. Judge Gibbons assigned a solicitor and two counsel on free legal aid to each of the three defendants.

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