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Man is accused of cider bottle attack in hotel row

A YOUNG man fractured another man's eye socket when he struck him across the face with a cider bottle in a row at a hotel, it has been alleged.

Cian Darcy (20) is accused of a serious assault on the man, who was treated in hospital for his injuries following the incident in west Dublin.

The case against him was adjourned at Blanchardstown District Court.

Darcy, with an address at Oakridge Crescent, Dunboyne, Co Meath, is charged with assault causing harm to a man at City West Hotel, Saggart. The charge is under Section 3 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act and the assault is alleged to have happened on March 27 last.

The court heard the DPP was consenting to the case being dealt with at District Court level.



Outlining the prosecution's allegations, Sgt Maria O'Callaghan said an argument took place between both parties during which the alleged victim was struck with a Bulmers bottle in the face. The blow caused two fractures to the man's eye socket and he was taken to Tallaght Hospital, where he was treated for his injury and received three stitches.

A medical report on his injury was presented to the court and Judge David McHugh asked if there was anything about the alleged victim's prognosis or if the "issue has resolved".

Sgt O'Callaghan said she believed it had been resolved.

Judge McHugh said he was accepting jurisdiction "on balance" after reading the report.

This means the case will be dealt with at District Court level instead of being sent for jury trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, which has greater sentencing powers on conviction.

He granted an order for disclosure by the prosecution of documents to the defence and adjourned the case to a date in December.

The defendant is expected to be asked to decide how he intends to plead to the charge on the next date.