Monday 23 April 2018

Rugby star accused of assault

Alesana Tuilagi
Alesana Tuilagi

Eimear Cotter

An international rugby player has appeared before a Dublin court accused of attacking a man outside a nightclub in the city over three years ago.

Samoan international Alesana Tuilagi (33) is alleged to have seriously assaulted a man on Dublin's Harcourt Street in April 2011.

A detective alleged that the attack was captured on CCTV cameras.

Judge John O'Neill remanded Mr Tuilagi on cash bail to appear before the court again in October.

The accused is originally from Samoa and plays rugby for the Newcastle Falcons in the Aviva Premiership in England.

He appeared before Dublin District Court yesterday evening charged with seriously assaulting a man outside a nightclub on April 10 2011 contrary to the Non-Fatal Offences Against The Person Act.

Det Insp Tony Howard told the court that he met Mr Tuilagi by appointment at Oscar Traynor Road in Coolock at 1.30pm yesterday afternoon.

The inspector said that Mr Tuilagi was arrested on foot of an arrest warrant issued by a judge at Dublin District Court in September 2011 and he was taken to Coolock Garda Station.

He had nothing to say to the charge after caution.

The court heard that Mr Tuilagi is currently living in the UK but Insp Howard said he had no objection to cash bail as the accused man met him by appointment and he had provided gardai with an address in England.

He is due before the court again in October.

Irish Independent

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