Monday 23 October 2017

Road rage accused could face more charges

A man accused of assaulting an English motorist who died days after an apparent road rage attack is facing more serious charges, a court heard today.

Karl Donohoe, 29, of Fisherman's Wharf in Ringsend, south Dublin, was charged with assault causing serious harm to construction worker Raymond Bates.

Father-of-three Mr Bates, from Peterlee, Co Durham, died in hospital four days after allegedly being beaten around the head with a hurley stick last month.

It is believed he was involved in a row with another motorist after driving off from traffic lights at Sandymount, south Dublin.

Donohoe, a crane driver, was charged in connection with the attack, under section four of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, today.

Sergeant Barry Walsh, of Irishtown Garda station, said Donohoe made no reply when the charges were put to him.

"There's a possibility of more serious charges," Sgt Walsh told Dublin District Court.

Donohoe was remanded in custody for one week with consent granted for a bail application under certain conditions.

Sgt Walsh said he would not object to the application if Donohoe agreed to surrender his passport, remain at an address provided to gardai and if he signed on at Irishtown Garda station three times a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Judge Timothy Lucey said Mr Donohoe would also have to provide his own bond of €250 along with an independent surety of €5,000.

Defence solicitor Michael Kelleher said his client would be applying for legal aid as he was supporting a child on wages of 480 euro a week.

"There will be serious matters going forward," he added.

Donohoe, who appeared in court wearing jeans and a striped cream sweater, will appear again before Cloverhill district court on October 19.

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