A 19-YEAR-OLD man has appeared in court charged with assaulting a woman who was blinded in one eye during a festival earlier this month.
Gary Ward with an address at Scurragh, Birr, Co Offaly was brought before a vacation sitting of Portlaoise District Court in Co Laois.
He is charged with a Section 3 assault on 58 year-old Marie Wrafter Gauvin at Keels Archway in Birr on August 4 last.
Mrs Gauvin is a Birr native who had returned to Ireland for a holiday from her home in Canada.
However, she was struck by glass and lost the sight in her right eye during the Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival.
Judge Aeneas McCarthy consented to an application to remand the accused on bail with conditions to a sitting of Birr District Court on September 10.
By Eoghan MacConnell