Wednesday 21 February 2018

Driver 'assaulted parking attendant with a crowbar after van clamped', court hears

John Purdue of Belcamp Avenue, Priorswood who was charged with assault, pictured leaving the Courts of Criminal Justice. Pic Frank McGrath
John Purdue of Belcamp Avenue, Priorswood who was charged with assault, pictured leaving the Courts of Criminal Justice. Pic Frank McGrath

Andrew Phelan

A DRIVER assaulted a parking attendant with a crowbar after making threats when he found his van being clamped near a Dublin apartment complex, it has been alleged.

John Purdue (58) is accused of lunging at the man (25) with the bar before striking him in the ensuing struggle.

He has pleaded not guilty and the case against him was adjourned at Dublin District Court for hearing early next year.

Mr Purdue, with an address at Belcamp Avenue, Priorswood, is charged with assaulting the man, causing him harm.

Judge Colin Daly heard the incident was alleged to have happened at the Northern Cross apartments on the Malahide Road in the north of the city on September 12, 2016.

A medical report outlining the nature of the injuries was handed in to court.

Garda Sergeant Niall Murphy then gave an outline of the allegations so Judge Daly could consider jurisdiction, which determines the ultimate court venue for the case.

He said the alleged victim was a parking attendant who was clamping the defendant’s van at 11am.

The prosecution would allege the accused approached him and became very aggressive and threatening towards him.

It was further alleged Mr Purdue got into his van, got out with a crow bar and lunged at the parking attendant with it.

A struggle ensued between the two men during which the alleged victim’s knee was struck, Sgt Murphy said.

The man’s knee was sore and tender afterwards but there was no long-term damage, he added.

Judge Daly accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case at district court level.

This means it will not be sent forward to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, which has tougher potential sentencing powers on conviction.

The defendant’s solicitor Eoin Lysaght said he was seeking a date for the hearing of the case. The court heard there would be CCTV evidence of the case and the non-jury trial would take about an hour.

Judge Daly adjourned it to January 11. The defendant was remanded on continuing bail. The charge against him is under the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

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