Monday 18 December 2017

FG TD's son tells court of broken jaw in ATM row

Michael Doyle: gave evidence in court
Michael Doyle: gave evidence in court

Ciaran Murphy

THE SON of a Fine Gael TD who became involved in a row at an ATM on a student night out has denied that he made statements such as "come on, have a go" before he got his jaw broken.

Former UCD student Kevin Doyle (23) and his brother Michael (21) gave evidence in a trial where Dubliner Eoin Guthrie is alleged to have assaulted the men.

Mr Guthrie (23), of Garrynisk Close, Kingswood Heights in Tallaght, denies assaulting brothers Kevin and Michael, causing them harm at an ATM on February 1, 2012.

The Doyle brothers are the son of Fine Gael TD for Wicklow and East Carlow, Andrew Doyle.

Under examination from Noel Whelan BL, Kevin Doyle denied telling Mr Guthrie to "hurry up" and to "come on and have a go" or words to that effect prior to the alleged assaults.

Mr Whelan told the jury that Mr Doyle, then an agricultural science student at UCD, arrived in the city along with fellow students. They were on a mystery tour and he had had about six drinks before arrival in the city.

When he arrived at about 10pm, he went to meet his brother Michael, a student at Waterford Institute of Technology, at a popular city bar.

However, he did not have cash on him, so the men went to the ATM at the Bank of Ireland branch on nearby Parnell Street.

While here, it is alleged that Mr Guthrie, along with another man who cannot be named, assaulted the brothers, causing them harm.

CCTV footage of the row was shown to the jury yesterday. It showed Michael Doyle arriving at the ATM and attempting to come between his brother and Mr Guthrie.


Kevin Doyle was knocked to the ground and was kicked in the head a number of times by the other man, while this resulted in him getting "a double break in his jaw", said Mr Whelan.

Michael Doyle told the jury that he had a tooth knocked out during the incident and had to have a bone graft to his gums.

He told Shaun Boylan BL, defending, that he didn't remember his brother telling the men to "hurry the f*** up" or a related statement.

The trial continues today.

Irish Independent

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