Sunday 22 July 2018

SF councillor sent for trial in Circuit Court over assault

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Jonathan Gray

A Sinn Fein councillor with South Dublin County Council is to face a Circuit Court trial for a serious assault after he pleaded not guilty in Tallaght District Court.

The DPP had previously directed summary disposal only on a plea of guilty in Councillor Dermot Richardson's case.

Mr Richardson (51), of Tymon Hall Grove, Tallaght, is charged with assaulting a male causing him harm at Belgard Green, Tallaght, on March 12, 2017.

Mr Richardson was before Judge Patricia McNamara yesterday morning for a plea.

Judge McNamara noted the DPP had previously directed summary disposal only on a plea of guilty.

Mr Richardson's defence lawyer, Padraig O'Donovan, told Judge McNamara that his client was pleading not guilty.

Sergeant Michael Aherne asked for a remand for six weeks for service of the book of evidence.

Judge McNamara remanded Richardson on continuing bail to March 26.

Irish Independent

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