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Woman punched in face on bus, court told

A PASSENGER has denied that he repeatedly punched a woman in the face during a random attack on a Dublin bus.

Gerard Carrick (37) is alleged to have loosened the woman's front teeth during the assault.

The accused, of Knowth Court, Poppintree, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with assault causing harm to a woman in her 30s. The alleged incident took place as she sat on a Dublin bus on Silloge Road, Ballymun on July 13 last year.

Carrick is also charged with public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour at Marewood Drive, Ballymun.

The court heard that the DPP had directed summary disposal of the matter in the District Court.

Outlining the facts for jurisdiction purposes, Garda Fiona Divilly previously said that the alleged injured party was sitting on a Dublin bus, shortly after 8pm, when Carrick got onto the bus and sat beside her.

It is alleged that when the bus reached Silloge Road, Carrick suddenly turned to her and started repeatedly punching her about the face and mouth.



Chased

Gardai claimed that Carrick got off the bus at Balbutcher Lane, Ballymun. He was chased by gardai, and following a short foot chase he was caught at Marewood Drive. It is alleged that Carrick was very drunk and abusive to gardai and told them to "f**k off".

The court heard that the alleged victim suffered an injury to her mouth, and two of her teeth were loosened. She sought treatment for her injuries in hospital, and had since made a full recovery.

A judge accepted jurisdiction of the matter.

Defence solicitor sought a hearing date, saying Carrick was denying the charges.

The court heard that there were three prosecution witnesses, as well as CCTV footage of the alleged assault.

Carrick said he had one defence witness, who was currently in Australia and would not be back until the end of February.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell adjourned the matter for hearing to a date in March.

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