Tuesday 17 September 2019

Councillor denies assaulting men as witness withdraws statement

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Stephen Maguire

A county councillor has gone on trial charged with assault causing harm to two men in two separate incidents.

John O'Donnell, from Kilmacrennan, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday.

The Donegal County Councillor is charged with assaulting Emmet Gallagher, now aged 22, at the Sultan Takeaway in the early hours of February 23, 2015.

He is also charged with assaulting Seamus O'Donnell, (29) at Gortlee, Letterkenny.

Mr O'Donnell (37) replied "not guilty" when arraigned on both charges.

Prosecution barrister Patricia McLaughlin said the jury will hear Mr O'Donnell allegedly punched Mr Gallagher in the face in the takeaway.

She added it will be claimed that at a later stage in the evening, Mr O'Donnell attacked Seamus O'Donnell by allegedly punching him and kicking him in the face.

The first witness in the case was called - Emmet Gallagher.

However, when he got into the witness box he said he wished to withdraw his statement. He said on a number of occasions that the incident happened three years ago.

The jury was excused several times while legal argument in took place.

Judge John Aylmer said he would adjourn the case until today. The trial is due to last three days.

Irish Independent

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