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Deaf man accused of pushing victim under bus says sorry

TOM TUITE

Published 10/12/2012 | 11:34

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A DEAF man said "I am sorry, it was an accident" when he was charged with killing a man who died after he was hit by a bus in Dublin last week.

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Eoghan Dudley (28), who was originally from Rathfarnham in the city's south-side, suffered horrific head injuries after he fell under a double-decker bus following an altercation at the junction of Dawson Street and Nassau Street. The deceased man had recently been living in rented accommodation in Co Wicklow and was identified two days after his death.

On Friday last, which was also his 29th birthday, Edward Connors, whose latest address is a hostel in the city-centre's north-side, was arrested in connection with the incident and detained at Pearse Street Garda station.

He was brought this morning before Judge David McHugh at Dublin District Court.

Connors, who is deaf and had the proceedings translated by a sign interpreter, was dressed in a navy tracksuit and held out his lawyer's business card when asked who he wanted to represent him.

Detective Garda Conor O Braonain told the judge that Mr Connors made the reply when he was cautioned and charged at Pearse Street Garda station on Saturday night.

Connors, who had been living at Judge Darley House, a hostel in Dublin 7, is accused of manslaughter of Mr Dudley at Dawson Street and did not apply for bail at his brief hearing yesterday this morning.

Defence solicitor Cahir O'Higgins asked for legal aid to be granted to his client and for him to get necessary medical attention in custody as he relies on a methadone prescription.

He also said Connors had difficulty in communicating and would also need the assistance of an interpreter when he is being booked into prison.

Judge McHugh was furnished with a statement of Mr Connors' means and he granted free legal aid to him.

He was remanded in custody and his next hearing will take place at Cloverhill District Court on December 13th.

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