Tuesday 20 March 2018

Judge calls for scene of fatal bridge attack to be demolished

The bridge in Tallaght which Judge Anthony Halpin said should be closed.
The bridge in Tallaght which Judge Anthony Halpin said should be closed.

Eimear Cotter

A BRIDGE where a young man was attacked on New Year's Day and later died should be immediately closed and demolished because it presents a danger to the community, a judge has said.

Judge Anthony Halpin was speaking as two men appeared in Tallaght District Court charged in connection with an attack on a young man.

Jason Beresford (20) and Gerard Stephens (24) were allegedly caught "red-handed" on CCTV footage at St Dominic's Road, Tallaght, at around 4am on New Year's Day when Dale Creighton (20) was badly assaulted. Mr Creighton was on life support and died in Beaumont Hospital the next day as a result of head injuries.

The judge asked the Garda Commissioner to write to South Dublin County Council to ask for the bridge to be demolished.

"A young man's life has been wastefully lost in tragic circumstances," he said. "It presents a danger to the community because any person who finds himself on this bridge is caged in without any prospect of escape."

The judge remanded the men on bail with strict conditions. There are six other co-accused and all will appear again on January 16.

Eight individuals, seven men and one woman, have now been charged following an investigation into the attack on Mr Creighton.

They have been ordered not to associate with each other for the duration of the case.


Beresford and Stephens, whose addresses were not disclosed due to concerns about their safety, appeared before Tallaght District Court charged with violent disorder.

Gardai objected to bail, citing the seriousness of the charge and the strength of the evidence.

Officers also expressed concern the accused might interfere with witnesses.

Objecting to bail, gardai said it would be alleged that Stephens and Beresford were present at the footbridge at St Dominic's Road when a male was badly assaulted.

Defence solicitors Padraic O'Donovan and John O'Leary said their clients were willing to abide by any bail conditions.

As part of their bail conditions, the men must stay out of Tallaght and not associate with each other or the six other co-accused.

They must also sign on daily at their local garda station and obey a curfew.

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