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Man (21) faces trial accused of fracturing victim's skull

A YOUNG man faces trial accused of seriously assaulting another man who suffered a fractured skull and dental injuries.

Cian Haddock (21) is alleged to have assaulted the man in Dublin two years ago.

He had the case against him adjourned for the preparation of a book of evidence after Judge Victor Blake decided the case was too serious to be dealt with at Dublin District Court.

Haddock, of Glenbourne Walk, Leopardstown, is charged with assault at Harcourt Street, Dublin 2, on March 15, 2011.

The charge is under Section 3 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

The judge was told the DPP had consented to the case being dealt with at District Court level.

Another judge had refused jurisdiction to deal with it, but the defendant's solicitor asked Judge Blake to reconsider this on the basis of updated medical reports.

Judge Blake remarked that following a High Court decision, it was open to him to reconsider jurisdiction in cases.

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The State solicitor said it was a matter for Judge Blake whether he wanted to revisit the issue.

Judge Blake said having considered the reports, he too was refusing to accept jurisdiction. The case will be sent forward for jury trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

aphelan@herald.ie


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