Saturday 19 October 2019

Councillor to 'fully defend' assault charge

Alleged assault case is adjourned for mention on June 6 next

John McGahon
John McGahon

Louth county councillor John McGahon is to 'fully defend' an assault charge, Dundalk district court has heard.

The Fine Gael representative, who is on the party's General Election ticket, is accused of assaulting a man causing him harm in Park Street on 6 June, 2018.

The defendant, aged 28, of Faughart Gardens, St Patrick's Terrace, was before Judge Coughlan for a brief hearing.

Evidence of arrest, charge and caution was by way of a schedule which was handed into court by Sgt Fintan McGroder.

He said the file, including a medical report, is complete, and sought an adjournment of one month.

Cllr McGahon's solicitor Conor MacGuill requested a longer adjournment. He said the case will be defended fully.

Mr MacGuill added he has a medical report 'from a different source' and wants to analyse the two documents.

The solicitor also asked the judge to delay making a decision on jurisdiction. Sgt McGroder said jurisdiction couldn't be dealt with at this time.

Judge Coughlan adjourned the case to 5 June next when it will be mentioned.

He made a disclosure order and a Section 56 order, which relates to a copy of any recording of the questioning of the defendant by gardaí while detained at the garda station, or elsewhere, in connection with the investigating of an offence, being given to the accused or his legal representative.

When the judge asked about legal aid, Mr MacGuill said it was not required.

The Argus