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Dog warden attack accused bailed

A DUBLIN man has been accused of hitting a dog warden in the face with a concrete block by throwing it through his car window while he was rounding up strays, a court heard.

It is alleged that two wardens were sitting in the vehicle when John Cash (24) threw the block through the passenger window, injuring one of them.

Cash was released from custody after Dublin District Court heard he would observe strict bail conditions until his case is heard.

Cash, of Labre Park, Ballyfermot, is charged with assault causing harm to one of the wardens, common assault on the other and criminal damage to their car in the incident near his home on December 15 last.

The court heard the two wardens had gone to Labre Park on the day in question to pick up a stray dog that had been reported to them.

The prosecuting garda said she was objecting to bail because of the "severity of the offence and the (allegation) that he was caught red-handed".



Alibi

She also said she did not believe the accused resided at the address he had given. She had no other address for him.

Matthew Kenny, defending, told the court the accused had presented himself to a garda station for questioning. He denied the offence and provided them with an alibi.

"You are saying you believe he is a flight risk but he made himself available to your investigation, he did not flee and he was quite co-operative," Mr Kenny said.

Mr Kenny said the accused had always and still did live at the address at Labre Park which he had given gardai.

Judge John O'Neill granted bail in the defendant's own bond of €1,000, with half to be lodged in cash, as well as an independent surety of €1,000.

Conditions are that he lives at his home address, observes a curfew between 10pm and 7am, signs on twice daily at his local garda station and has no contact with either alleged victim.

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