Friday 20 April 2018

Apprentice carpenter drank 20 rum shots before alleged fatal one-punch attack

A garda said Jack Hall Ellis could face a more serious charge
A garda said Jack Hall Ellis could face a more serious charge

Tom Tuite

An apprentice carpenter charged over a fatal one-punch assault in Tallaght was remanded on continuing bail yesterday pending directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Jack Hall Ellis drank 20 measures of Captain Morgan rum before allegedly attacking student Luke O'Reilly (20) early last November 1, Dublin District Court had heard earlier.

Mr O'Reilly, of Kiltipper, Dublin 24, was discovered on the Old Blessington Road, Tallaght, at about 3am on November 1 with serious head injuries.

He was taken to Tallaght Hospital and then moved to Beaumont Hospital but died 13 days later.

Jack Hall Ellis (20), of Old Court Mill, Tallaght, was charged two days later with assault.

Bail was granted and he had a second hearing yesterday.

Gda David Morris said a post-mortem report was awaited as he applied for an adjournment for DPP directions.

Serious

John Griffin, the defence counsel, said that on the next date it was expected "a different charge would be put to him".

The garda had also said earlier a more serious charge than assault could be brought.

Judge Brian O'Shea ordered the defendant to appear again on March 7.

In November, it was alleged that Mr O'Reilly had just left the Metro pub after socialising.

He was walking on Old Blessington Road with friends when a male approached him from behind, Gda Morris said, and the man "proceeded to punch him to the side of the head; unawares to him, he did not know what was coming".

He alleged that Mr O'Reilly fell to the concrete footpath and hit his head on the ground. He later died from his injuries.

As part of his bail, the defendant must reside with a relative in Ratoath, Co Meath, and sign on twice a week at Ashbourne Garda Station.

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