Sunday 22 April 2018

Man charged with murder of motorist is remanded

Tom Tuite

THE State has been given eight weeks to prepare a book of evidence in the case of a man charged with the murder of an English motorist who died after an alleged attack in Dublin.

Raymond Bates (49), who was from Durham, sustained serious head injuries following an incident at the junction of Sandymount Road/Newbridge Avenue and Tritonville Road, in Sandymount, Dublin 4, on September 26 last year.

He felt unwell the next day and went to St Vincent's Hospital but was then transferred to Beaumont Hospital. There, he fell into a coma and died on the evening of September 30.

The father of three had been working here on a gas pipeline.

On October 12 at Dublin District Court, Karl Donohoe (29) of Fisherman's Wharf, Ringsend, south Dublin, was charged under section four of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Persons Act with causing serious harm to Mr Bates.

Last week, the assault charge was withdrawn and Mr Donohoe was charged with the murder of Mr Bates.

He had been remanded in custody but was later granted bail and appeared again at the Dublin District Court yesterday.

Judge Cormac Dunne heard that the State was seeking eight weeks to complete the book of evidence in the case.

Defence solicitor Michael Kelleher said his client, who was dressed in a striped suit, consented to this.

Mr Donohoe was remanded on bail to appear on March 18, when he is to served with the book of evidence. The case will then be returned for trial at the Central Criminal Court.

Irish Independent

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