Friday 20 April 2018

Assault suspect caught red-handed, gardaí tell court

Paul Gill, leaving court, after being charged with assault
Paul Gill, leaving court, after being charged with assault

Robin Schiller

A 35-year-old man has been charged with assault following the death of a homeless man in Kildare on Saturday night.

Paul Gill, of Sarto Road, Naas, appeared before a special sitting of Naas District Court this morning charged with assault on Patsy Kelly (58), who subsequently died.

Objecting to bail, Det Gda Enda Coleman told the court that "more serious charges" will be brought against Mr Gill "in the future".

Det Coleman outlined the serious nature of the charge against the defendant, which carries a sentence of up to five years in prison on conviction.

The accused was charged on Sunday evening at Naas Garda Station.

The court also heard that gardaí had taken several witness statements which allege that the accused punched Mr Kelly while he was standing up, and also kicked him while he was lying on the ground after the initial punch.

Det Coleman also stated that Mr Gill "admitted to punching the deceased while standing up, and also hitting him while on the ground".

Mr Kelly was found unresponsive at the scene, and gardaí outlined in court that the accused was caught "red- handed", he added.

Judge Patrick Clyne granted bail, but set it at €10,000, with €5,000 of the money being comprised of a cash lodgement, while a further €5,000 was to be paid in the form of an independent surety.


As part of his bail conditions, Mr Gill must reside at an alternative address given to gardaí and must stay out of Naas apart from court appearances and solicitor appointments.

He is also not to have any contact with witnesses in the case.

The accused is also required to give a mobile phone number to gardaí and switch on his GPS system to allow gardaí to know his whereabouts at all times.

Mr Gill was remanded in custody and will appear before Cloverhill Court Thursday to allow gardaí time to verify the €5,000 independent surety as part of his bail conditions.

Irish Independent

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