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Derek Hearns

Derek Hearns

Derek Hearns

A PUB-GOER who allegedly broke another man's nose and knocked him unconscious with a single punch has been sent for trial for assault.

Derek Hearns (30), who is accused of attacking the man in a city centre bar, had a book of evidence served on him at Dublin District Court.

Mr Hearns, with an address at Swiftbrook Glen, Virginia, Co Cavan, is charged with assault causing harm to a man.

The offence is alleged to have happened at the Old Dubliner pub in Temple Bar on September 28 last year.

The court heard a medical report stated the alleged victim had suffered "constant headaches" and vertigo afterwards.

A garda sergeant said the incident took place at 2am in the pub and it would be alleged that the accused approached the man and tapped him on the shoulder.

He turned around and it was alleged that Mr Hearns punched him in the face once, causing him to fall unconscious to the ground.

The alleged victim went to a hospital afterwards.

injuries

The DPP had consented to the case being heard at district court level.

However, Judge Michael Walsh refused jurisdiction to deal with it after reading the medical report on the alleged victim's injuries.

When the case came before Judge Michael Coghlan later, a state solicitor said a book of evidence was ready to be served.

Judge Coghlan gave the defendant the formal warning that he must provide within 14 days to the prosecution details of an alibi he intends to rely on in the course of his trial.

He then sent him forward to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Legal aid was granted to cover a solicitor and one barrister.

Judge Coghlan also made an order for disclosure by the prosecution of a copy of the video of the defendant's garda interview.

Mr Hearns was remanded on bail in his own bond of €150 with no cash lodgement required and on existing terms.

He addressed the brief hearing only to acknowledge the alibi warning to confirm his signature on the bail bond.

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