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Hallowe’en bonfire Garda assault trial adjourned

THE trial of a man accused of seriously assaulting a garda during disturbances at a Hallowe’en bonfire was today adjourned until later in the month.

Andrew Freaney, aged 24, of 22 Elm Park, Clonmel, Co Tipperary, denies a charge of assaulting Garda Helena Power, causing her serious harm, on October 31 of 2008.

Clonmel Circuit Court heard allegations earlier in the week that Mr Freaney kicked Garda Power in the face after gardai tried to arrest his 14-year-old brother who was “highly intoxicated” at a bonfire in Bianconi Drive, Clonmel.

Ms Power was temporarily “blinded” by the kick and suffered fractures to her right eye socket, the court heard. She had to have surgery to correct a double vision problem which has since “greatly improved”.

The third day of the trial heard no evidence and the jury was told that the case was being adjourned until June 26. They were not given a reason.