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De Rossa son not fit to be tried, court told

A SON of Labour MEP Proinsias De Rossa may not be fit to stand trial on charges of assaulting his father.

Fearghal De Rossa (45), from Old Finglas Road, Dublin, is in custody on remand and was transferred to the Central Mental Hospital to undergo treatment and assessments in November, after he was accused of attacking his 71-year-old father.

He has been charged with assault causing harm to the former government minister on November 11, in Dublin.

His case had been adjourned until yesterday for directions from the DPP to be obtained.

The MEP's son was due before Cloverhill District Court but he was not present. A medical report from CMH said he was not fit to be in court or to be tried. A previous sitting of the court heard that the defendant might suffer from schizophrenia.

However, defence counsel Mark Lynam told the court yesterday that he had attended the CMH last week and got the impression that his client was fit to be produced.

Mr De Rossa was further remanded in custody to appear again on January 18.

Irish Independent