Saturday 27 May 2017

Tourist charged with assault as young doctor fights for his life

Kevin Keane

The family of a young French doctor who was the victim of an assault in Dublin's Temple Bar have arrived in Ireland as their son fights for his life.

A Canadian tourist, meanwhile, appeared in court yesterday charged in connection with the assault.

Guillaume Osterstock remained in a critical condition in Beaumont Hospital in the city last night.

The 26-year-old suffered multiple fractures to his skull when he was attacked on Temple Lane South, Temple Bar, the the heart of Dublin's pub and nightclub district at 12.45am on Sunday .

Mr Osterstock's family arrived in Ireland yesterday to be by their son's side.

A spokesperson for the French Embassy told the Irish Independent that officials have met with the family but that specific assistance had not yet been requested.

Studies

Mr Osterstock is understood to have only arrived in Ireland in October last year to pursue his PhD studies at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin.

He also worked as a locum doctor in Beaumont Hospital -- the same facility where he is now receiving his treatment.

Gardai arrested two men following the assault.

Yesterday one of these men, Simon Mercier, with an address at Avenue Compognon in the Canadian city of Quebec, was charged with a single count of assault causing harm under section one of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997 at Dublin District Court.

The court heard that the 23-year-old, who was dressed in a navy tank top and a grey shirt, was brought to Pearse Street garda station following his arrest.

Garda Barry Keegan told the court that, when charged, the accused made no reply.

Bail

Gda Keegan said the gardai were awaiting the direction of the Director of Public Prosecutions on how to proceed and were objecting to bail on the grounds that the accused was a Canadian citizen with no permanent address in Ireland and was a flight risk.

A solicitor acting on behalf of Mr Mercier told the court that he would be making a bail application over the coming days for his client.

He also requested that the court provide Mr Mercier with an interpreter as he had fairly good English but was a native French speaker.

Judge Aingeal Ni Chonduin remanded Mr Mercier in custody until tomorrow, when he is due to appear before Cloverhill District Court.

Gardai have meanwhile renewed their request for anyone who was in the Temple Lane South area of Temple Bar between midnight and 1am on August 14 to contact Pearse Street station on 01-6669000 or the garda confidential line on 1800 666111.

Irish Independent

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