'Hardy Bucks' star granted legal aid for assault trial
FREE legal aid has been granted to 'Hardy Bucks' actor Martin Maloney who is accused of attacking three men at a Dublin pub.
Maloney became famous for playing Eddie Durkan in the hit mock documentary which was set in a west of Ireland town and followed the antics of five down-on-their-luck young men.
The cult comedy started out as "webisodes" broadcast online but was later picked up by RTE and the cast went on to star in the feature film 'The Hardy Bucks Movie' which became a box-office hit in Irish cinemas.
The 30-year-old made his second appearance at Dublin District Court yesterday to face three assault charges.
Mr Maloney, who has an address at Bollingbrook Drive, Swinford, Co Mayo, is accused of assaulting a male at The Big Tree pub, on Dorset Street, in Dublin, on October 9 last year.
The Mayo man also faces more serious charges for assault causing harm to two other men, on the same date at The Big Tree pub.
He made no reply when he was charged in September and has not yet indicated how he will plead.
Judge Alan Mitchell agreed to grant free legal aid to Mr Maloney who had filled out a statement of his means showing that he did not have a weekly income in excess of €250.
The judge ordered the actor, who is on bail, to appear again next month, when it is expected that the DPP's directions will have been received.