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Dad used hammer in attack, judge told

A DUBLIN man accused of hitting a security guard over the head with a hammer has been sent forward for trial.

David Emerson (27) was allegedly disturbed by the security guard in the yard of a private property when the attack occurred.

He is facing trial in the Circuit Court after the DPP ruled the matters were too serious for the District Court.

Emerson, of Dromheath Drive in Mulhuddart, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with serious assault, as well as trespass and possession of articles for the use in a theft at a property at Kilshane Cross, St Margaret's on June 21.


It is alleged that Emerson, a father of two, was caught with three screwdrivers, a hammer and a pair of pliers.

Garda Tomas McCormack previously alleged that Emerson was caught trespassing at a house at Kilshane Cross, a private property in north Dublin with lock-ups in the back yard.

Garda McCormack alleged a security guard disturbed Emerson on the property, and the accused assaulted him and hit him over the head with a hammer.

As part of his bail conditions, Emerson must sign on once a week at his local garda station.

State solicitor Caroline Deasy said the book of evidence was ready and had been served on Emerson, who goes forward to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.


Judge Michael Coghlan gave Emerson the alibi caution, warning him he had 14 days to provide to the State details of anyone he proposed calling as a witness in his defence.

Defence solicitor John O'Doherty and one junior counsel were assigned to Emerson on free legal aid.

Judge Coghlan also ordered that a copy of an interview with gardai conducted with the accused be furnished to his legal team.