Wednesday 21 February 2018

Man (20s) charged with assault after 54-year-old man dies in Waterford

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Ciaran Murphy

A 20-year-old Waterford man appeared in court today charged with assaulting another who died.

Niall Hewson, of the Clarinwood estate in Tramore was charged with the assault causing harm to Northern Ireland native Edmund Rice, a man in his 50s who had been living locally for a number of years.

Mr Hewison was bailed with conditions attached.

The charges relate to an incident at a taxi rank in the seaside town of Tramore at about 2.15am on Saturday.

Giving evidence of arrest, charge and caution at the special sitting of the court yesterday, Det Sgt Shay Keevans told Judge Furlong that he formally arrested the accused at 10.57pm on Saturday and charged him six minutes later.

He offered no reply when charged.

A bearded man, Mr Hewison wore a navy suit and blue shirt in court.

He was joined in the courthouse at Grace Dieu on the Tramore Road with a significant family numbers.

His solicitor Kenneth Cunningham was granted free legal aid.

Inspector Anthony Dineen said that there was no State objectiion to bail.

Judge Gerard Furlong told Mr Hewison that two normal conditions of bail were that he appear for all court appearances and be of good behaviour.

Other agreed conditions were that he reside in Clarinwood, sign on three times per week at Tramore, surrender his passport and not reapply for additional travel documents. 

He also undertook not to leave the jurisdiction and remain sober at all times in the €300 bail bond.

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