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Security man says darts fan broke his nose

A PATRON at an international darts tournament headbutted a security man, breaking his nose and cheekbone, it has been alleged.

Conor Coughlin (20) is accused of assaulting and injuring the staff member at the west Dublin hotel where the darts grand prix was being held.

The case against him was adjourned at Blanchardstown District Court for the production of a medical report on the alleged victim.

Judge William Early said he needed to be told the injured man's prognosis before deciding whether he could deal with the case at district court level.

Coughlin, with an address at Willow Drive, Greenpark, Clondalkin, is charged with assault causing harm to the man at City West Hotel, Saggart, on October 9, 2012. The charge is contrary to Section 3 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

Sgt Maria O'Callaghan said the DPP was directing summary trial of the case at District Court level.

WARNED

Outlining the allegations, she said Coughlin had been attending the world grand prix darts tournament with a group of friends on the day in question.

He was "warned about his behaviour a number of times by security personnel".

"He headbutted the alleged injured party in the matter and the injuries that are alleged were a broken nose that required surgery and a broken cheekbone," Sgt O'Callaghan said. There was no medical report available yet but one would be available "toward the end of July", she added.

Judge Early asked if the alleged victim in the case was a patron of the hotel or a member of the security staff.

Sgt O'Callaghan replied that it had been a staff member.

"I would be hesitant about accepting jurisdiction in view of the injuries without a medical report and certainly without a prognosis", Judge Early said.

He adjourned the case to July 25 for the production of the report and a decision on jurisdiction.

This will determine whether the case will stay at district court level or be sent forward for jury trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, which has greater sentencing power.

aphelan@herald.ie


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