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Man (22) pleads guilty to assault causing harm to Dale Creighton (20) in New Year's Day attack

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The coffin of Dale Creighton (inset) is carried from St. Aidan's Church, Brookfield.

The coffin of Dale Creighton (inset) is carried from St. Aidan's Church, Brookfield.

Tony Gavin

The coffin of Dale Creighton (inset) is carried from St. Aidan's Church, Brookfield.

A 22-year-old Tallaght native has pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to a 20-year-old, who died two days after being injured at a footbridge in Tallaght.

Dale Creighton died in hospital on January 2nd 2014.

James O’Brien (22) of The Mill, Baltinglass, Co Wicklow is charged with assaulting Mr Creighton on New Year’s Day on Saint Dominic’s Road, Tallaght.

Dressed in a striped shirt, he stood and pleaded guilty when arraigned before the Central Criminal Court this morning.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy heard that O’Brien had no previous convictions, was already linking in with the probation services and that a report would be prepared.

He remanded him on continuing bail for sentence on October 12th next.

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Friends and relatives are consoled after the funeral of Dale Creighton at St Aidan's Church, Brookfield. Photo: Tony Gavin

Friends and relatives are consoled after the funeral of Dale Creighton at St Aidan's Church, Brookfield. Photo: Tony Gavin

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The coffin of Dale Creighton is carried from St. Aidan's Church, Brookfield, earlier today.
Photo: Tony Gavin 18/1/2014

The coffin of Dale Creighton is carried from St. Aidan's Church, Brookfield, earlier today. Photo: Tony Gavin 18/1/2014

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The coffin of Dale Creighton is carried from St Aidan's Church, Brookfield. Photo: Tony Gavin

The coffin of Dale Creighton is carried from St Aidan's Church, Brookfield. Photo: Tony Gavin

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GV of flowers and memorials for Dale Creighton, assaulted on footbridge over Tallaght bypass on January 1st. Footbridge from St Domicic's road over Tallaght bypass, Tallaght, Dublin.

GV of flowers and memorials for Dale Creighton, assaulted on footbridge over Tallaght bypass on January 1st. Footbridge from St Domicic's road over Tallaght bypass, Tallaght, Dublin.

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Family of Dale Creighton as seven appeared before Tallaght District Court charged with his murder while another was charged with serious assault. Photo: Colin Keegan

Family of Dale Creighton as seven appeared before Tallaght District Court charged with his murder while another was charged with serious assault. Photo: Colin Keegan

Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Seven other Dubliners in their 20s are also charged in connection with Mr Creighton’s death.

All are originally from Tallaght and are due to go on trial in October 2016.

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