Sunday 15 December 2019

'Amber' actor pleads not guilty to attack on woman, court hears

David Murray leaving the Dublin District Court
David Murray leaving the Dublin District Court

Tom Tuite

WELL-known actor David Murray has pleaded not guilty to attacking a woman in Dublin.

The 44-year-old starred in the RTE drama Amber and also plays the late minister for finance Brian Lenihan in a new film, The Guarantee.

Mr Murray appeared at Dublin District Court yesterday 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 Square, 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.

The assault charge is a summary offence which on conviction can result in a possible fine and/or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months.

Murray starred in the TV mini-series Amber in which he played a heartbroken father who became increasingly desperate in his efforts to track down his missing 14-year-old daughter.

The series, set in Dublin, was shown over four consecutive nights on RTE One in January 2014, with nearly a million people tuning in for the finale.

The programme also aired in a number of countries.

The actor is also known for appearing in blockbuster films including Batman Begins, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and King Arthur as well as an Dublin Airport Authority advertisement for Terminal 2.

He also plays Brian Lenihan in The Guarantee, a dramatisation of the events leading to the infamous night in September 2008 when a decision was made that the country's taxpayers would bail out toxic financial institutions at a cost of billions.

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