Wednesday 24 January 2018

Teenager is charged with assault on his 10-week-old baby daughter

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Olivia Kelleher and Elaine Keogh

A teenager has been charged with a serious assault on his 10-week-old baby daughter in Co Louth - arising out of an incident in which the little girl incurred head injuries and broken bones.

A special sitting of Clonakilty District Court, in west Cork, heard yesterday that the baby suffered the injuries at her home in Louth in March.

The young child was continuing to receive round-the-clock care at Temple Street Children's Hospital in Dublin, the court was told.

The 18-year-old accused man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested by gardaí in Mayfield, on the north side of Cork city, earlier yesterday morning.

He was charged with assault causing serious harm to his daughter on March 13, 2017.

It is alleged to have happened at a property in Co Louth and the charges are contrary to Section 4 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

Sergeant James McCumiskey gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution. He told the court that the accused made no reply when the charge was put to him after caution.

Inspector Fergal Foley told Judge Tim Lucey that the DPP had directed trial by indictment. However, he said that gardaí had no objection to the man being released on bail with certain conditions.

Judge Lucey remanded the teenager on bail on his own bond of €500, to appear at Dundalk District Court on August 24.

A book of evidence will be served on the next hearing.

He ordered the accused to live at an address in Farranree, in Cork city. He has to sign on three times a week at Gurranabraher garda station.

The man was also told to have no contact with any witness in the case.

He also has to provide gardaí with a mobile number at which he can be called at all times.

Irish Independent

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