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'Hatchet was used' during garda attack

THIS young man who allegedly produced a hatchet during the course of seriously assaulting a garda.

Jason Farrell (21) is also alleged to have been armed with a claw hammer during the incident in west Dublin.

He is facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court.

The defendant, of Huntstown Avenue in Clonsilla, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with two counts each of burglary and serious assault.

It is alleged that Farrell burgled houses at Briarwood Gardens in Mulhuddart and Huntstown Lawns in Clonsilla.

He is further accused of seriously assaulting Garda Michael Hughes, as well as David Howard at Briarwood Gardens.

Farrell is also charged with producing a claw hammer capable of inflicting serious injury and with the possession of a hatchet with intent to cause injury to or incapacitate another person.

Judge John Lindsay remanded Farrell on bail in his own bond of €300.