Man charged with hatchet assault on sister’s partner
Paul Doyle is fighting for his life
A DUBLIN man has been charged with producing a hatchet and assaulting another man who suffered serious facial injuries in an incident at an inner city flat.
Jonathan Donovan (28) appeared in Dublin District Court this morning over the alleged assault that left Paul Doyle (38) fighting for his life in hospital.
He is due to make an application for bail, which will be heard later today following submissions from gardai.
The victim is a brother of Barry Doyle, who was convicted of shooting dead innocent rugby player Shane Geoghegan in Limerick in 2008.
The attack on Mr Doyle took place at the apartment he shares with his girlfriend Lorraine Donovan - the accused's sister.
Mr Donovan, with an address at Cherryfield Lawns, Clonsilla is charged with assault causing harm to Mr Doyle at Kelly's Row, off Dorset Street in the early hours of yesterday morning.
He is also charged with producing a hatchet as a weapon.
Judge Denis McLoughlin put the bail hearing back to later this afternoon after evidence of the defendant's arrest, charge and caution was given.
Detective Garda Fergal Flaherty told the court he arrested the defendant at his home address at 7.33am on April 6.
He was brought to Mountjoy Garda Station, where he was detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act. He was charged at 7.08pm last night and his reply to the assault charge after caution was: "I am sorry". He replied: "OK" to the other count and was handed copies of the charge sheets.
Det Gda Flaherty told the judge: "There are certain directions available from the DPP at this moment in time... there is a strong possibility of further charges".
He told the judge that the injured party was in a ciritical condition in hospital and medical reports were awaited.
The defendant's solicitor said there would be a bail application and the judge let the case stand in the morning's list.
The incident happened just before 2am yesterday. It is believed a number of people had gathered at his home on Saturday evening.
An argument broke out later in the night, during which Mr Doyle was seriously injured.
He was slashed across the forehead, causing a deep wound as far as his ear, and is believed to have lost a significant amount of blood.
The flat where the incident happened is a two-bed in a block of six units above an adult store.
The victim was rushed by ambulance to the nearby Mater Hospital. But such was the serious nature of his head wounds, he was transferred to Beaumont Hospital for specialist treatment. He was listed in "critical" condition last night.
Officers from the Garda technical Bureau carried out a detailed forensic analysis of the scene yesterday.
Paul Doyle's brother Barry, who acted as a hitman for the McCarthy-Dundon crime gang, is serving life in prison for killing Shane Geoghegan in a case of mistaken identity November 2008.
Doyle's other brother Paddy, a notorious Dublin gangland figure, was shot dead in a gangland hit in Spain in February that year.
The victim's family are originally from Portland Row, also in the north inner city.