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Sunday 20 April 2014

New Year's attack suspect caught with 'blood on hands', court is told

Graham Palmer. Photo: Collins

A MAN charged in connection with a New Year's Day attack on a young man who has since died from his injuries was "caught red-handed", a court was told.

Graham Palmer (24) and Aisling Burke (20) have been released on bail to appear before Dublin District Court later this month.

Both have been charged with violent disorder in relation to an incident in Tallaght in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The alleged victim of an attack, Dale Creighton (20), was confirmed to have died from his injuries shortly before yesterday's court proceedings ended.

Garda Jennifer Brogan told the court it would be alleged that Mr Palmer, with an address at Homelawn Road in Tallaght, was seen on CCTV striking the injured party.

The court heard he fled the scene and was found with blood, which was believed to be the victim's, on his face and hands.

"He was caught red-handed," she alleged.

Garda Alan Young said in evidence that Ms Burke, a mother of one from Bolbrook Grove in Tallaght, was also seen on CCTV and was present throughout the incident.

She was pursued and found with blood on her shoes that was also believed to be Mr Creighton's, Gda Young said.

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The court heard further serious charges were being considered by the prosecution.

Three other men have also been arrested in connection with the incident and were being questioned by gardai last night.

Judge Michael Walsh granted Mr Palmer and Ms Burke legal aid after hearing they were both unemployed and it was Mr Palmer's "new year's resolution" to get a job. He remanded them on bail to appear in court again on January 16.

The court heard they were both charged in the early hours of this morning at Tallaght garda station and made no reply after caution.

Gardai had objected to bail but defence solicitor John O'Leary said his clients were prepared to obey bail conditions and enjoyed a presumption of innocence.

Judge Walsh granted bail in the defendants' own bonds of €750 each, with €300 cash lodgments required.

He also ordered independent sureties of €2,000, of which half was to be lodged in cash.

A condition of bail is that they stay out of the Tallaght area.

They are to observe a curfew, sign on daily at their local garda stations and have no contact with witnesses or anyone else alleged to have been involved in the incident.

He remanded them in custody with consent to bail for several hours, but they were released when family members later stood as sureties.

Mr Palmer, wearing a blue t-shirt with a pink Nike logo and blue jeans, and Ms Burke, dressed in a black jacket and white shirt, addressed the court only to confirm that they understood the bail conditions.

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