Monday 18 December 2017

Darts fan accused of headbutting

Conor Coughlin, Greenpark, Clondalkin pictured at Blanchardstown District Courts
Conor Coughlin, Greenpark, Clondalkin pictured at Blanchardstown District Courts

ANDREW PHELAN

THIS is the Dublin man accused of headbutting a security guard at an international darts tournament, breaking his nose and cheekbone.

Conor Coughlin (20) is alleged to have assaulted and injured the staffer at a city hotel where the darts grand prix was being held.

The prosecution has been granted a final adjournment at Blanchardstown District Court to produce an updated medical report on the alleged victim's injuries -- and the case could be struck out if it is not ready. Coughlin, of Willow Drive, Greenpark, Clondalkin, is charged with assault on the man at City West Hotel, Saggart, on October 9, 2012.

The case has been before the court several times and Judge William Early said a report on the security man's prognosis was needed to determine whether the case is dealt with in the district court or the Circuit Criminal Court.

When the case came back before Judge David McHugh, he further adjourned it to a date in January but said it was peremptory against the State, meaning progress must be made by the next date or it could be struck out. Previously, Sgt Maria O'Callaghan said the DPP was directing summary trial at district court level.

Outlining the allegations, she said the defendant had been attending the world grand prix darts tournament with a group of friends.

He was "warned about his behaviour a number of times by security personnel".

She told the court: "He headbutted the alleged injured party in the matter and the injuries that are alleged were a broken nose that required surgery and a broken cheekbone."

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