Friday 15 December 2017

Man charged with assault after alleged victim dies in hospital

Niall Hewison appeared in connection with an Assault/Death in Tramore, Co. Waterford.
Niall Hewison appeared in connection with an Assault/Death in Tramore, Co. Waterford.
Lower Strand Road in Tramore, Co Waterford, where a man died on Saturday. Photo: Patrick Browne

Ciaran Murphy

A 20-year-old appeared in court yesterday charged with assaulting a man who later died.

Niall Hewison, of the Clarinwood estate in Tramore, Co Waterford, appeared before Waterford District Court.

Edmund Rice, alleged victim of a fatal assault
Edmund Rice, alleged victim of a fatal assault

Mr Hewison was charged with assault causing harm to Northern Ireland native Edmund Rice, a man in his fifties who had been living locally for a number of years.

Mr Rice was originally from Coleraine in Co Derry.

Mr Hewison was bailed with conditions attached.

The charges arise out of an incident at Lower Strand Street in the town on Saturday. The alleged victim was taken to University Hospital Waterford, but died yesterday from his injuries.

Noel Hewison in court. Photo: Patrick Browne
Noel Hewison in court. Photo: Patrick Browne

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

He offered no reply when charged.

Mr Hewison wore a navy suit with waistcoat and blue shirt in court.

Family members of Mr Hewison were in court yesterday as he was charged.

Mr Hewison was granted free legal aid.

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

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

Other agreed conditions were that he reside in Clarinwood, sign on three times a 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.

Irish Independent

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