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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Woman knocked out in assault, court told

A man has appeared in court accused of repeatedly knocking a woman's head off an apartment wall and punching her so hard that he knocked her unconscious.

Redouane Bedidi (35) is alleged to have left the woman with bruises to her face, head and back after he kicked her on the back when she fell to the ground.

He has been ordered to stay away from the alleged victim, and not to contact her either directly or indirectly.

Bedidi, with an address in Harold's Cross, appeared before Dublin District Court charged with seriously assaulting the woman.

The alleged incidents took place within the space of a week last November at the victim's apartment in south Dublin.

The court heard that the DPP has directed summary disposal of the matters in the District Court.

Outlining the allegations for jurisdiction purposes, Garda Wendy Whitston said it is alleged that Bedidi punched the Irish woman several times in an incident on November 19.



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Garda Whitston alleged Bedidi punched the victim to the face and head, and hit her so hard that he knocked her unconscious.

The second assault is alleged to have occurred five days later, on November 24.

On this occasion, Garda Whitston claimed Bedidi repeatedly hit the victim's head off the wall, punched her a number of times and kicked her on the back after she fell to the ground.

Photographs of the alleged injuries were handed into the court.

Judge Bryan Smyth refused jurisdiction, deciding the matters were too serious for the District Court.

The State solicitor asked for four weeks to allow the DPP to reconsider jurisdiction.

Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned the matter for four weeks.

Bedidi's bail conditions were amended, and he was ordered to stay away from the victim's apartment, and not to have any contact with her.

Solicitor Murrough O'Rourke said Bedidi is unemployed and Mr O'Rourke was assigned on legal aid.

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