Tuesday 25 April 2017

Man who allegedly 'sliced' another man's face with knife sent for trial

Darren Gallagher pictured at a previous hearing
Darren Gallagher pictured at a previous hearing
Darren Gallagher was remanded on continuing bail

Andrew Phelan

A DUBLIN man is to be sent for trial accused of slicing another man's face open with a knife after walking up behind him on a street in daylight.

Darren Gallagher (45) was seen by a garda on duty attacking the man and was arrested near the scene, a court was told.

Although the alleged victim refused to make a complaint, Mr Gallagher is being prosecuted on assault and weapons charges.

Judge David McHugh ruled the case is too serious to be heard at district court level and adjourned it for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Mr Gallagher, with an address at St Ronan's Park, Clondalkin is charged with assault causing harm to the man.

He is also charged with producing a knife in the course of a dispute.

The offences are alleged to have happened at Neilstown Road, also in Clondalkin on April 22 last year.

Garda Dominic Dowling told Blanchardstown District Court he was on duty in an unmarked patrol car at 4.10pm when he saw the accused approach the alleged injured party from behind.

He said he saw Mr Gallagher slice the man's face with a knife.

Garda Dowling said he turned the patrol car around and stopped the accused, who was in possession of a knife.

After he was arrested, a file was prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The alleged victim did not wish to make a complaint and denied he had any injuries, the court heard.

"This was despite the fact that when I called to his house he had an approximately three-inch cut to his face," Garda Dowling said.

This was consistent with the injury, the garda said.

Photographs were presented to the court and to defence solicitor Simon Fleming. but Judge McHugh was told o medical report was available as the alleged victim would not consent to it.

"The injured party did not wish to assist the garda in any way shape or form," a state solicitor said.

He added that the case would be proceeding with independent witnesses.

Judge McHugh refused jurisdiction to deal with the case and adjourned it to a date next month for the preparation of a book of evidence.

When the book is ready the case will be sent forward to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Mr Gallagher was remanded on continuing bail.

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