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City garda accused of assault and €6 theft

A DUBLIN-based garda is facing prosecution accused of assaulting a man and stealing €6.25 from him during an alleged incident last year.

The officer's trial comes following an investigation by the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC).

A complaint was made to the garda watchdog in February, and summonses were served on the officer who appeared at Dublin District Court yesterday.

Padraig Dennehy, who is attached to Mountjoy station in north inner city Dublin, is facing two charges arising out of an alleged incident on March 3, 2013.

It is claimed he assaulted a named male at Parnell Square West contrary to Section 2 of the Non-Fatal Offences Act, an offence which can, subject to conviction, carry a six-month sentence as well as a fine, and is confined to the jurisdiction of the District Court.

His second charge is under Section Four of the Theft and Fraud Offences Act for the alleged theft of €6.25 from the same complainant.


On conviction this offence can also result in a fine and a possible sentence.

However, the officer, who did not address the court, has not yet indicated how he will plead. Solicitor Michael Durkan, for the DPP, told Judge John O'Neill that previously an order for disclosure of the State's evidence had been made.

There had been compliance with the order and he added that the defence "would like an opportunity to consider it".

The prosecution solicitor had no issue with that, the court heard.

Solicitor Liz Hughes, defending, asked for the case to be adjourned until a date in September, saying that would be "ample time".

Judge O'Neill granted the adjournment and ordered the defendant to appear again in seven weeks.

He also directed that on the next occasion the case will be listed for the accused to tell the court how he is going to plead to the charges.

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