Sunday 25 February 2018

Man accused of hitting sister’s partner with axe is refused bail

Paul Doyle is fighting for his life

The late Paddy Doyle with brother Barry Doyle, who was convicted of the murder of Shane Geoghegan. Their elder brother Paul Doyle is fighting for his life after he was savagely assaulted with a hatchet in Dublin on Saturday night.
The late Paddy Doyle with brother Barry Doyle, who was convicted of the murder of Shane Geoghegan. Their elder brother Paul Doyle is fighting for his life after he was savagely assaulted with a hatchet in Dublin on Saturday night.
Members of the Gardai where a man was assaulted in an apartment at Kelly's Row, off Dorset Street,Dublin. Photo: Collins
Gardai at the scene of the assault on Kelly’s Row off Dublin’s Dorset Street. Collins

Andrew Phelan

A JOBLESS Dublin man has been refused bail after being accused of striking his sister's boyfriend with an axe several times on the head, leaving him fighting for his life in hospital.

Jonathan Donovan (28) is alleged to have hit Paul Doyle (38) in the head with the hatchet during an incident at a flat in the north inner city in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Mr Doyle is a brother of Barry Doyle, who was convicted of shooting dead innocent rugby player Shane Geoghegan in Limerick in 2008.

Dublin District Court heard Paul Doyle remained in a critical condition in an intensive care unit this afternoon. The alleged assault took place at an apartment he shares with his girlfriend Lorraine Donovan - the accused's sister.

Mr Donovan, with an address at Cherryfield Lawns, Clonsilla is charged with assault causing harm to Mr Doyle at Kelly's Row, off Dorset Street on April 6.

He is also charged with producing a hatchet as a weapon.

Judge Denis McLoughlin refused bail and remanded him in custody, to appear in court again this Friday.

Detective Garda Fergal Flaherty told the court he arrested the defendant at his Clonsilla address at 7.33am on April 6.

He was brought to Mountjoy Garda Station, where he was detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act. He was charged at 7.08pm last night and his reply to the assault charge after caution was: "I am sorry". He replied: "OK" to the other count and was handed copies of the charge sheets.

Det Gda Flaherty told the judge: "There are certain directions available from the DPP at this moment in time... there is a strong possibility of further charges".

He told the judge that the injured party was in a critical condition in hospital and medical reports were awaited.

Det Gda Flaherty objected to bail, citing the seriousness of the allegations and his belief that the accused was a flight risk and could interfere with witnesses.

He said it was alleged that the defendant hit the injured party on the head several times with an axe.

The victim was presently in the Intensive Care Unit at Beaumont Hospital where he was described as being in a critical condition, Det Gda Flaherty told the court.

Mr Doyle undergone surgery to evacuate a blood clot in his brain and there were several air pockets in his head. He would require further surgery.

Det Gda Flaherty said both charges carried maximum possible jail sentences of five years.

He said he believed the accused was a flight risk and had stated his intention to apply for a passport and leave the jurisdiction on a previous occasion.

He said he also believed there was a possibility that Mr Donovan would interfere with witnesses in the case. He alleged that the defendant had been shouting the name of one witness before the hearing started.

Defence Solicitor Edward Bradbury, applying for bail, said conditions could be imposed which would address the concerns of the garda. The accused would undertake to live at his sister's address and stay out of the city centre.

"He understands the seriousness of the allegations", Mr Bradbury added.

Judge McLoughlin said the accused enjoyed a presumption of innocence and he noted he had "nothing hanging over him" at the time the garda maintained he stated his intention to leave the jurisdiction.

However, the judge said he was taking into account the seriousness of the charge and the garda belief that the defendant was a flight risk. He noted that the accused en

He remanded the accused in custody to appear in Cloverhill District Court on April 11.

The judge also granted legal aid after hearing the defendant was unemployed and there was no objection by gardai.

Mr Donovan, wearing a blue Adidas t-shirt and grey tracksuit bottoms, did not address the court during the hearing.

The incident in which Mr Doyle was allegedly assaulted happened just before 2am yesterday. It is believed a number of people had gathered at the flat on Saturday evening.

An argument broke out later in the night, during which Mr Doyle was seriously injured.

He was slashed across the forehead, causing a deep wound as far as his ear, and is believed to have lost a significant amount of blood.

The flat where the incident happened is a two-bed in a block of six units above an adult store.

The victim was rushed by ambulance to the nearby Mater Hospital. But such was the serious nature of his head wounds, he was transferred to Beaumont Hospital for specialist treatment.

Officers from the Garda technical Bureau carried out a detailed forensic analysis of the scene yesterday.

Paul Doyle's brother Barry, who acted as a hitman for the McCarthy-Dundon crime gang, is serving life in prison for killing Shane Geoghegan in a case of mistaken identity November 2008.

Mr Doyle's other brother Paddy, a notorious Dublin gangland figure, was shot dead in a gangland hit in Spain in February that year.

The injured party's family are originally from Portland Row, also in the north inner city.

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