Thursday 12 December 2019

Actor David Murray denies assault on woman in Dublin

David Murray leaving the Dublin District Court today. Photo: Courtpix
David Murray leaving the Dublin District Court today. Photo: Courtpix
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Tom Tuite

ACTOR David Murray, who plays the late minister for finance Brian Lenihan in a new film, has pleaded not guilty to attacking a woman in Dublin.

The 44-year-old stars in ‘The Guarantee’, a dramatisation of the events leading to the bank guarantee. It is showing in selected cinemas until Christmas.

Yesterday, Mr Murray appeared at Dublin District Court to face a single charge under Section Two of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Persons Act.

The Cork-born actor is accused of assaulting a named female, at a flat, in Grosvenor Sq, in Rathmines, in south Dublin. The offence is alleged to have occurred on October 5 last year. Dressed in dark jacket, blue check shirt and jeans, the actor stepped forward when his case was called, but he did not address the court.

Defence solicitor Matthew De Courcy told Judge Ann Ryan that there was a “not guilty plea” and he asked for a hearing date in the new year to be set. The district court trial will last about an hour and it was expected that there would be “one or two witnesses”, the solicitor told Judge Ryan.

Judge Ryan was told that no CCTV evidence would be used and she said she was adjourning the case for one week, “to fix a hearing date”. No evidence relating to the allegation has been given so far in the proceedings.

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