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Man denies chipper row 'knock-out'

A YOUNG Dubliner is alleged to have punched a man in the face, leaving him unconscious with a fractured eye socket.

MARK McClean (25) is alleged to have knocked out Stephen Gorman, who lost consciousness for 30 seconds in the roadside assault.

It is alleged that the assault outside a takeaway was captured on CCTV cameras.

Judge Bridget Reilly ordered the disclosure of statements and CCTV footage to the accused's solicitor and adjourned the matter until May.

McClean, of Central Park, in Leopardstown, Dublin 18, appeared before Dun Laoghaire District Court charged with seriously assaulting Mr Gorman.

The alleged incident took place at Main Street in Blackrock on July 14 last year.

The court heard the DPP has directed summary disposal of the matter in the District Court, where the penalties are less severe.

Outlining the allegation, Garda Sergeant Peadar McCann said it will be alleged that McClean and Mr Gorman were at a chipper in Blackrock when a scuffle occurred.

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Sgt McCann said the matter was broken up quickly but it will be alleged that McClean then approached Mr Gorman and struck him a single blow to the head.

The sergeant said it will be alleged that Mr Gorman suffered a fracture to a bone near the eye socket.

He was taken to A&E and he had an operation on the injury.

Sgt McCann said Mr Gorman has made a full recovery and has not suffered any permanent damage. He also said the two men were known to each other.

Two medical reports were handed into court. Judge Reilly noted that the reports stated Mr Gorman lost consciousness for 30 seconds, suffered a small laceration to the face and fractured a bone in the eye socket.

She said she would accept jurisdiction of the charge, meaning the matter will remain in the District Court.

Defence solicitor Jonathan Dunphy asked for a copy of any statements as well as medical reports and CCTV footage of the alleged incident.

Mr Dunphy said the matter will be fully contested and the case was adjourned.

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