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'Face slash victim' has dropped complaint

A MAN has been accused of slashing a friend's face with a small blade after an argument broke out between them, a court heard.

Zachary Johnston (38) is alleged to have left his victim with a mark on the side of his face, just underneath his left eye.

Tallaght District Court heard that the victim no longer wishes to pursue his complaint against Mr Johnston but a judge refused to strike out the matter until the DPP was consulted.

The defendant, with an address at Donomore Crescent, Tallaght, is charged with seriously assaulting Bernard Wynne on March 20 last year.

Garda Brian Hurl said the alleged victim, Mr Wynne, wishes to withdraw his statement of complaint against Mr Johnston.

Outlining the allegation for the judge, Gda Hurl said it's alleged that Mr Johnston and Mr Wynne are friends who had an argument during a night's drinking.

The pair met the next day, at Donomore Crescent, and the fight broke out again.

Gda Hurl said it's alleged that Mr Johnston slashed Mr Wynne on the face with a small blade, cutting him below his left eye.

Judge James McDonnell asked if the DPP had been consulted in relation to the matter.

The court heard that the DPP has not been consulted.

Judge McDonnell said he would not strike out the matter until the DPP has been made aware of the incident.

The case was adjourned for eight weeks to a date in April