Thursday 18 January 2018

Man in court accused of assaulting neighbour with shovel

Blanchardstown District Court
Blanchardstown District Court

Andrew Phelan

An apartment resident attacked a neighbour with a shovel, injuring him, when a row between a group of people turned violent, it has been alleged.

Gary Talbot (50) is alleged to have used a shovel as a weapon to assault the other man during the incident outside his home.

The case against him was adjourned when he appeared at Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr Talbot, of Jamestown Road, Finglas, is charged with producing a shovel as a weapon in the course of a fight.

The charge states he allegedly produced it while committing or appearing to be about to commit an assault.

The offence is alleged to have happened at Jamestown Road on September 14.

Gda Sgt Geraldine McManigan said a file had been sent to the DPP, who directed summary disposal of the case in the district court.

Outlining the allegations, Sgt McManigan said a row broke out between two groups of people who were neighbours.

It turned violent and it was alleged that the accused produced a shovel and used it as a weapon to assault the alleged injured party.

Judge McHugh asked Sgt McManigan what the putative injuries were.

She replied that the alleged victim reported that he suffered bruising to his arm.

Judge McHugh accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case.

This means it can be heard at district court level instead of being sent for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

The judge made an order for disclosure of prosecution statements to the defence.

He said he “would not imagine” there was any CCTV evidence in the case.

Defence solicitor Valerie Buckley applied for free legal aid, saying the accused was unemployed and in receipt of disability allowance.

The judge granted legal aid after hearing there was no garda objection.

Mr Talbot has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charge.

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