Friday 19 January 2018

Fallon & Byrne businessman appears before court charged with alleged assault

Andrew Phelan

A DUBLIN businessman has appeared in court charged with assaulting and injuring another man in an incident at a pub in the south of the city.

Paul Byrne (47), of upmarket food store and restaurant Fallon & Byrne, was remanded on continuing bail at Dublin District Court.

Mr Byrne, with an address at Mount Pleasant Square, Ranelagh, is charged with assault causing harm to Paul Thomas.

The assault, under Section 3 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act is alleged to have happened at the Leeson Lounge, Leeson Street, Dublin 4 on March 5 this year.

A garda sergeant handed evidence of the accused's arrest, charge and caution in to court by certificate. Judge Conal Gibbons was told the DPP was directing summary trial of the case at District Court level.

This means it will not be sent for jury trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, if a judge accepts jurisdiction to hear it in the District Court.

The sergeant said no prosecution material was yet available for disclosure to the defence and he sought an adjournment.

Byrne's solicitor consented to this and requested a copy of a video of the accused's interview by gardai to be furnished by the prosecution.

Judge Gibbons adjourned the case to January 16, for the consideration of jurisdiction by the court, and the defendant to indicate a plea "if possible".

Mr Byrne, wearing a dark grey suit, cream-coloured jumper, white shirt and dark tie did not address the court during the brief hearing.

Fallon & Byrne is an award-winning food hall, wine shop and restaurant on Exchequer Street in the south city centre.

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