Saturday 22 November 2014

Trial date set for Hardy Bucks star

Andrew Phelan

Published 28/01/2014 | 17:01

Martin Maloney (30)
Martin Maloney

'HARDY Bucks' actor Martin Maloney has had a date set for his trial on charges of assaulting two bouncers at a Dublin pub.

The TV funnyman is to contest the case against him at a non-jury trial at Dublin District Court in four months' time.

He was remanded on continuing bail on the charges pending a hearing in May after Judge Ann Watkin fixed the trial date today.

Mr Maloney (30) had already pleaded not guilty to attacking two doormen following a row about a queue, while he was making an appearance at a popular pub.

He was excused from attending court for today's brief proceedings.

The actor, from Bollingbrook Drive, Swinford, Co Mayo is facing two assault charges after having one struck out earlier this month.

Mr Maloney is charged under Section 3 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act with assault causing harm to Brian Smith and Mark O'Shaughnessy, at The Big Tree pub, Dorset Street on October 9, 2012.

Previously, Garda Eamon Honan told the court that Mr Maloney had been making a public appearance at the pub when he became involved in an altercation with one of the security staff over the one-way queuing system at the toilets.

It was alleged that he got Mr Smith in a headlock and held him on the ground.

Gda Honan said that Mr Smith had a previous injury which was exacerbated but has since "settled".

The court heard that it would also be alleged that the accused was then escorted by security staff to a fire exit and taken outside. Gda Honan maintained Mr Maloney then struck Mr O'Shaughnessy.

The prosecution maintains Mr O'Shaughnessy suffered dental injuries - four teeth needed fillings and one required root canal treatment, which all cost between €700 and €1,000.

After hearing the outline of the prosecution evidence, and reading statements and medical reports, Judge Paticia McNamara had decided not to send the case forward to the Circuit Court, which has tougher sentencing powers on conviction.

She said Mr Maloney was still presumed innocent and accepted jurisdiction to deal with the prosecution at district court level.

It is expected that there will be up to eight prosecution witnesses and Defence Solicitor Tony Collier said there is a "significant amount of CCTV" footage. It is expected that the trial will take a full day to hear.

Mr Maloney is well-known for playing the role of Eddie Durkan in the cult comedy series. He also appeared in Celebrity Apprentice and became the first contestant to leave the reality show.

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