Sunday 27 May 2018

Man appears in court charged with assault on Afghan

Attacked: Naqeeb Ahmadzai
Attacked: Naqeeb Ahmadzai

Eimear Cotter

A young man has appeared in court charged in connection with a serious assault on an Afghan teenager.

Joseph Connors (21) is accused of attacking the 18-year-old during an incident in Ballinteer shortly after 8pm last Thursday.

Judge Anne Watkin remanded Mr Connors on bail to appear before Dun Laoghaire District Court on a date in July for the Director of Public Prosecutions' directions on the charges.

The accused, of Daletree Place in Ballycullen, Dublin, appeared before Dun Laoghaire District Court yesterday morning charged with seriously assaulting an Afghan teenager, 18-year-old Naqeebullah Ahmadzai.

The offence, contrary to Section 3 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, allegedly took place at Broadford Road in Ballinteer on May 5 last.

Mr Ahmadzai, his brother and nephew were cycling home from Marlay Park in Rathfarnham when the alleged attack took place.

Garda John Healy from Dundrum Garda Station gave details of arresting Mr Connors on Tuesday.

Gda Healy said the accused was detained at Blackrock Garda Station for questioning under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

He was later released from the provisions of Section 4 and was subsequently charged.

He was cautioned and handed a true copy of the charge sheets.

Mr Connors is further charged with stealing a box of Coors Light, worth €20, at Centra, Marlay Grange, also in Ballinteer on the same date.

He is also charged with damaging a box of bottled beer, worth €35, at the same time and place.

Defence lawyer Kim Moloney told the court Mr Connors was applying for bail.

Following a number of submissions, Judge Anne Watkin granted bail to the accused.

Mr Connors has not yet indicated a plea to the charges.

A number of members of the accused's family were in court to support him.

Three other men are still being sought by gardaí in relation to the investigation.

On Tuesday evening hundreds of local people gathered outside the Nutgrove Shopping Centre to show their support for the three young Afghans, who are aged 13, 18 and 20. The Irish national cricket team has invited the 13-year-old to lead them out on to the field at their match against Afghanistan in July.

Irish Independent

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