Sunday 4 December 2016

Man (28) accused of attacking his Dublin glamour model former girlfriend

Tom Tuite

Published 08/01/2016 | 16:21

Sean O’Dea (28), of Woodside, Clontarf, Dublin, leaving court. PIC: COURTPIX
Sean O’Dea (28), of Woodside, Clontarf, Dublin, leaving court. PIC: COURTPIX

A 28-year-old man accused of attacking Dublin glamour model Ava Van Rose has had his bail conditions relaxed.

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Sean O'Dea (28) with an address at Woodside, Clontarf, in Dublin, is charged with assault causing harm to his then partner Bridget Byrne (26) from Clondalkin, who works under the name of Ava Van Rose.

The model and mother-of-three starred in the short-lived reality show Infectious along with Big Brother's Marc O'Neill.

It is alleged the assault happened at Mr O'Dea's address on November 27 last. The charge is under Section Three of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act and Mr O'Dea, who has not yet entered a plea, made his second appearance at Dublin District Court today.

Dressed in a grey suit, black overcoat and white shirts, he remained silent during the brief hearing.

Gda Pauraic McNearney told Judge Anthony Halpin that directions from the DPP needed to be obtained and he expected that would take four weeks.

Defence solicitor Michael Finucane said there was no objection to the adjournment.

Judge Halpin said he was putting the case back for six weeks and jurisdiction could be decided on the next date. This will determine if the case will stay in the district court or instead go forward to the Circuit Court which, on conviction, has tougher sentencing powers.

Mr Finucane was also granted an order for disclosure of the prosecution evidence which the garda confirmed he would be able to furnish to the lawyer.

Gda McNearney also said he had no objection to relaxing a condition of bail stating Mr O'Dea had to sign on at a garda station three times a week. Judge Halpin reduced the requirement to once a week and remanded him on continuing bail.

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