Monday 16 October 2017

Fair City's 'Zumo' denies seriously assaulting his ex-partner during row

Patrick Fitzpatrick
Patrick Fitzpatrick

Eimear Cotter

A former Fair City actor has denied seriously assaulting his former partner during an argument at a house in west Dublin.

Patrick Fitzpatrick (28), who played Carrigstown's lovable villain Zumo Bishop for six years on the RTE prime-time television soap, allegedly left his former partner seeking medical help for her injuries following the attack.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the case to a date next February for hearing.

Contact

As part of his bail conditions, Mr Fitzpatrick has been ordered to have no contact, either directly or indirectly, with the alleged injured party for the duration of the trial.

He has also been ordered to stay away from an address in west Dublin.

The accused, of Hollytree Terrace, Ballymun, is charged with seriously assaulting a woman, who is his former partner.

The alleged assault took place during an incident at Villa Blanchard, in Blanch- ardstown, on September 18 last year.

A court previously heard that the DPP had directed summary trial of the charge in the district court.

Judge McHugh previously accepted jurisdiction of the charge after an outline of the alleged facts were given to him by a court sergeant.

It was alleged that the victim experienced tenderness to her jaw and was left with bruising to her face and neck following the assault.

It was also alleged that the woman sought medical help in the days immediately following the assault.

A medical report on the alleged victim's injuries was furnished to the court at a previous court date.

When the case came before Judge McHugh yesterday, defence lawyer Jennifer Jackson said Mr Fitzpatrick was seeking a hearing date in relation to the allegation.

Judge McHugh noted that Mr Fitzpatrick was entering a plea of not guilty and was seeking a hearing date.

Sgt Maria Callaghan told the court that the hearing of the trial may take some time.

Judge McHugh adjourned the case for hearing to next February and allocated an hour of court time for the hearing of the case.

Mr Fitzpatrick was remanded on continuing bail, to appear before the court again on that date.

The accused, who was smartly dressed in a navy suit, white shirt and blue tie, sat quietly in the body of the court until his name was called. He did not address the court during the brief hearing.

Surprised

Mr Fitzpatrick had failed to turn up before Blanchardstown Court on two previous remand dates last month.

At the time, his lawyer told the judge that as Mr Fitzpatrick usually arrived early to court, he was "surprised" he was not there and the date must have slipped his mind.

In relation to the second date, his lawyer said the accused's solicitor had neglected to write to Mr Fitzpatrick about the date and therefore he was unaware he was due before the court.

The charge of assault causing harm carries a potential sentence on conviction in the district court of 12 months' imprisonment.

Mr Fitzpatrick last made a brief appearance on Fair City last year.

He had played the character Zumo between 2007 and 2013.

Herald

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