Wednesday 13 December 2017

Man allegedly 'sliced' another man's face with knife in daylight attack

Darren Gallagher was remanded on continuing bail
Darren Gallagher was remanded on continuing bail

Andrew Phelan

A Dublin man “sliced” another man’s face with a blade after walking up behind him on a street in daylight, it is alleged.

Darren Gallagher (45) was seen by gardai on duty attacking the man and was then arrested near the scene, a court was told.

Although the alleged victim would not make a complaint, Mr Gallagher is being prosecuted on assault and weapons charges.

Judge David McHugh said he would need to see a medical report and CCTV stills before deciding whether the case could be dealt with at district court level.

Mr Gallagher, of St Ronan’s Park, Clondalkin is charged with assault causing harm to a man.

He is also charged with producing a knife in the course of a dispute.

The offences are alleged to have happened at Neilstown Road, also in Clondalkin on April 22.

Garda Dominic Dowling told Blanchardstown District Court Mr Gallagher made no reply to charge after caution before the court sitting.

A state solicitor said the DPP was consenting to the charges being dealt with in the district court.

Garda Dowling said that he was on patrol with a colleague at 4.15pm when he saw the accused approach the alleged victim from behind.

“He sliced his face with a blade,” the garda alleged.

He said Mr Gallagher had a knife on his person when he was stopped a short time later.

There were no photographs but there was CCTV evidence available.

The alleged victim did not wish to make a complaint so there was no medical report.

Judge McHugh said he would like to see a still of the CCTV and a brief medical report with some description of the injury and a prognosis.

The defendant was remanded on continuing bail, to appear in court again on a date in January.

He has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charges.

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