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Daniel McGibney

Daniel McGibney

Daniel McGibney

A WEST Dublin man has denied assaulting and injuring another man outside a pub.

Daniel McGibney (56) had the case against him adjourned at Blanchardstown District Court after he pleaded not guilty.

He is facing trial by judge and jury and had his case adjourned for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Mr McGibney, of Oakwood Grove, Clondalkin, is charged with assault causing harm to a man at the Steering Wheel pub, Main Street, Clondalkin, last September 22.

At a hearing earlier this year, a state solicitor said the DPP was directing summary disposal of the case in the District Court on a guilty plea only.

Sgt Walter Sweeney outlined the prosecution's case so the judge could consider whether to accept jurisdiction to deal with the charge.

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Sgt Sweeney said it would be alleged that the accused and the other man were at the premises on the day.

It was alleged that, outside, the defendant ran towards the man and punched him in the face. The next thing the alleged victim remembered was lying injured on the ground, the sergeant said.

The injuries he was alleged to have suffered were not disclosed.

Judge McHugh had accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case at District Court level.

However, when the case came back before the court, the defendant's solicitor said Mr McGibney was pleading not guilty.

This means the case will now be sent for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, which has greater sentencing powers on conviction.

Judge McHugh adjourned the case to a date in late January while a book of evidence is being prepared.

The defendant did not address the court during the brief hearing.

He was remanded on continuing bail.

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