Saturday 17 March 2018

Knife charges added to glamour model assault accused

Bridget Byrne aka Ava Van Rose (left) and Sean O'Dea (right)
Bridget Byrne aka Ava Van Rose (left) and Sean O'Dea (right)

Tom Tuite

Fresh charges have been brought against a 28-year-old man accused of attacking Dublin glamour model Ava Van Rose.

Sean O'Dea (28) with an address at Woodside, Clontarf, in Dublin, had been charged earlier with assault causing harm to his then partner Bridget Byrne (26) from Clondalkin, who works under the name of Ava Van Rose.

The model and mother-of-three starred in the short-lived reality show Infectious along with Big Brother's Marc O'Neill.

It is alleged the assault happened at Mr O'Dea's address on November 27 last. That charge is under Section Three of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act and Mr O'Dea, who has not yet entered a plea, made his third appearance at Dublin District Court today. The case had been adjourned to allow for directions from the DPP to be obtained.

Just before the hearing today additional connected charges were put to him for producing a knife, and for making a threat to kill or cause serious harm to a named male at the same location and date as the alleged assault.

Gda Pauraic McNearney told Judge Anthony Halpin that Mr O'Dea made no reply when charged. The DPP had directed that he should face trial on indictment which means his trial will be heard in the Circuit Court which, on conviction, has tougher sentencing powers.

Judge Halpin ordered Mr O'Dea to appear again in April when it is expected he will be served with a book of evidence and sent forward for trial.

In January, Gda McNearney confirmed he had no objection to relaxing a condition of bail stating Mr O'Dea had to sign on at a garda station three times a week. Judge Halpin then reduced the requirement to once a week.

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