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Teenager ‘produced a hammer after assault with canister’, court hears

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Dublin District Court

Dublin District Court

Dublin District Court

A teenager has been accused of assaulting another young man with a drug canister before producing a hammer and making threats.

Matias Foley (18) allegedly assaulted the man in the course of an argument on a street in Dublin.

The case was adjourned at Dublin District Court for Mr Foley to consider how he intends to plead.

Mr Foley, of St Laurence’s Grove, Clontarf, is charged with assault causing harm and producing a hammer in the course of a dispute.

Dublin District Court heard the incident was alleged to have happened at St Laurence’s Road, Clontarf on September 26 last year.

Garda Sergeant Maire McDevitt said the DPP consented to the case being dealt with in the district court subject to the issue of jurisdiction being considered.

Outlining the prosecution’s case, she said the alleged victim was sitting when, in the course of an argument he was assaulted with a nitrous oxide canister, causing swelling to his head.

There were no other visible injuries and he did not require any medical attention, the court heard.

It was alleged the accused left the scene but returned with a hammer and made threats. Judge John Brennan accepted jurisdiction.

Defence solicitor Matthew De Courcy said he had received a significant amount of disclosure evidence from the prosecution and asked for an adjournment.

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