Wednesday 24 January 2018

Dublin based garda on assault charge

Tom Tuite

A GARDA accused of attacking a man in Dublin city-centre in 2012 is expected to enter a plea next month.

Garda Donal O'Neill, who is based at Pearse Street station, in Dublin, was summonsed under Section Two of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Persons Offences Act, and he made his second court appearance in relation to the charge yesterday (TUE).

He is accused of assaulting a named man on Pearse Street during an alleged incident on December 16, 2012 and is being prosecuted by the DPP on behalf of the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission.

Last month Dublin District Court had made an order that the prosecution must provide disclosure of evidence to the defence.

No evidence relating to the allegation has been given so far in the proceedings and the officer has not yet indicated how he will plead to the charge – a summary offence which on conviction can result in a possible fine and/or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months.

The officer appeared again at Dublin District Court yesterday (TUE) where his solicitor asked Judge Patrick Clyne to grant an adjournment. The garda stood up but did not address the court and was ordered to appear again next month.

There was no objection to the defence request and a state solicitor told the judge that on the next occasion the case will be listed for a plea to be entered or to set a hearing date.

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