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Attack accused 'was found with blood on hands'

A MAN charged in connection with a New Year attack on a young man who has since died from his injuries was "caught red-handed", gardai have told a court.

Graham Palmer (24) and Aisling Burke (20) have been released on bail to appear before Dublin District Court in two weeks' time.

Both are charged with violent disorder in relation to an incident in Tallaght in the early hours of Wednesday.

Dale Creighton (20) was confirmed to have died from his injuries shortly before the conclusion of yesterday's court proceedings.

Gda Jennifer Brogan told the court it would be alleged that Mr Palmer, with an address at Homelawn Road, Tallaght, was seen on CCTV striking the injured party.

The court heard he fled the scene and was found with blood that is believed to be the victim's on his face and hands.

There is a maximum term of 10 years in prison on conviction for violent disorder.

"He was caught red-handed," the officer said.

Gda Alan Young said in evidence that Ms Burke, a mother of one from Bolbrook Grove, Tallaght, was also seen on CCTV and was present throughout the incident.

She was pursued and found with blood on her shoes that was also believed to be the injured party's, Gda Young said.

Both officers said discarded items such as clothing, phones and weapons were being sought, and it was possible that the accused knew where they were located.

The court was told that further serious charges were being considered by the prosecution.

Judge Michael Walsh granted Mr Palmer and Ms Burke legal aid after hearing they were unemployed and that it was Mr Palmer's "New Year's resolution" to get a job.

The court heard they were both charged in the early hours of yesterday morning at Tallaght garda station and made no reply after being cautioned.

WITNESSES

Gardai objected to bail on grounds including the seriousness of the charges and the strength of proposed evidence against the accused.

Gardai also feared they might interfere with witnesses.

Defence solicitor John O'Leary said his clients were prepared to obey bail conditions and enjoyed a presumption of innocence.

Judge Walsh granted bail and they were released when family members stood sureties. They are to appear in Dublin District Court again on January 16.

A further six people have also been arrested in connection with the incident and five of these were still being questioned last night - all of them men. Their ages range from 18 to 25.

aphelan@herald.ie


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