Saturday 25 October 2014

Man accused of headbutting guard has charge struck out

Eimear Cotter

Published 18/01/2014 | 12:43

A Dublin man accused of headbutting a security guard at an international darts tournament has had the charge struck out.

Conor Coughlin (20) was alleged to have broken the security guard's nose and cheekbone at a hotel in the west of the city where a darts grand prix was being held.

Judge David McHugh struck out the charge after the State failed to produce an up-to-date medical report on the alleged victim's injuries.

The accused, of Willow Drive, Greenpark in Clondalkin appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with assault causing harm to the man at City West Hotel, Saggart on October 9, 2012.

WARNED

It was alleged that he was warned about his behaviour a number of times by security personnel.

The court heard the DPP had previously directed summary disposal of the matter in the District Court, where the penalties are less severe.

Judge McHugh had asked for an up-to-date medical report, and marked the matter peremptory against the State -- meaning progress had to be made or the matter could be struck out.

Judge McHugh said the State had failed to provide a medical report and he struck out the charge.

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