Sunday 22 April 2018

'Amber' actor to appeal conviction for assaulting ex-partner

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

Tom Tuite

ACTOR David Murray will have his appeal heard in June against his conviction for attacking his former partner.

Murray, 45, played the late minister for finance Brian Lenihan in the film The Guarantee and starred in the hit television series Amber which aired on RTE and the BBC.

On March 6 last, he was fined €500 after he was convicted of assaulting Jessie Mulligan at her former home, a studio apartment, in Grosvenor Sq, in Rathmines, south Dublin, in the early hours of October 5, 2013.

The Cork-born actor had denied the charge but was found guilty following a hearing at Dublin District Court.

Murray, who lives on the South Circular Road in Dublin, had claimed he had a struggle with her to retrieve his phone during a row about text messages to an ex-girlfriend. He had denied claims he hit the woman.

Ms Mulligan, 41, had said she thought Murray would kill her when he grabbed by her throat, hit her in the face twice and had his knee on her chest.

The actor has brought an appeal against his conviction which was listed before Judge Petria McDonnell at the Circuit Court in Dublin for mention.

Murray was present and his solicitor Maura Kiely said the case will be fully contested adding it was expected the hearing would last about 40 minutes.

The defendant consented to the appeal being heard on a date in June.

His assault charge can result in a possible fine and/or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months.

The actor had a major role in the TV mini-series Amber playing a distraught father who became increasingly desperate in his attempts to find his missing 14-year-old daughter.

Set in Dublin, the series aired in Ireland over four consecutive nights in January 2014, on RTE One with nearly a million people tuning in for the finale. The programme was also broadcast in a number of countries.

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

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