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Bridge at St Dominic's Road. Photo: Collins

Bridge at St Dominic's Road. Photo: Collins

Bridge at St Dominic's Road. Photo: Collins

A BRIDGE where a young man died following a New Year's Eve attack should be immediately closed and demolished because it presents a danger to the community, a judge has said.

Judge Anthony Halpin was speaking as two men appeared before Tallaght District Court charged in connection with a New Year's attack on a young man.

Jason Beresford (20) and Gerard Stephens (24) were allegedly caught "red-handed" on CCTV footage at St Dominic's Road around 4am on New Year's morning when Dale Creighton (20) was badly assaulted. Mr Creighton was on life-support and died in Beaumont Hospital on Thursday as a result of head injuries.

Judge Halpin remanded the men on bail with strict conditions.

He also said the bridge should be closed immediately, asking the Garda Commissioner to write to South Dublin County Council to ask for it to be demolished.

"A young man's life has been wastefully lost in tragic circumstances," said Judge Halpin.

"It presents a danger to the community because any person who finds himself on this bridge is caged in without any prospect of escape and it should be closed immediately."

Seven men and one woman have now been charged following an investigation into an attack on Mr Creighton.

Beresford and Stephens, whose addresses were not disclosed due to concerns about their safety, appeared before Tallaght District Court charged with violent disorder.

Objecting to bail, gardai said it will be alleged that Stephens and Beresford were present at the footbridge at St Dominic's Road when a male was assaulted. Garda Kieran Kilcoyne said it will be alleged the men were caught "red-handed" on CCTV.

Defence solicitors said their clients were willing to abide by any bail conditions.

The judge remanded the accused on bail in their own bonds of €1,000 with an independent surety of €2,000, with €1,000 cash.

 

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As part of their bail conditions, the men must stay out of Tallaght and not associate with each other or the six other co-accused. They must also sign on daily at their local garda station and obey a curfew.

Graham Palmer (24), of Homelawn Road, Aisling Burke (20), of Bolbrook Grove, and Ross Callery (20), all in Tallaght, have been charged with violent disorder. On Friday, college student James Reid (23), of Homelawn Avenue in Tallaght, was charged with producing a knife during the dispute.

On Saturday, David Burke (25) of Village Square, and James O'Brien (21), of Avonbeg Drive, Tallaght, were also charged with violent disorder.

The accused were granted bail and will appear before Dublin District Court on January 16.

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