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Father and son accused of beating up cycle teen

THIS is the father and son accused of beating up a young cyclist while he was lying on the ground, after he had been deliberately knocked off his bicycle by a passing car.

Pat Hayden (47) and his son Graham (19) allegedly left the victim with bruising to his face and ribs.

Pat Hayden is accused of being the driver of a car driven at the youth and his friends, knocking them off their bikes.

It is alleged the dispute arose as Graham Hayden and the victim's friend had a mutual girlfriend and there was "ill-feeling" between them.

The pair are facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court after a judge ruled the matters were too serious for the District Court. Judge James McDonnell adjourned the matter for two weeks for the service of the book of evidence.

The defendants, of Pineview Lawn in Tallaght, appeared before Tallaght District Court charged with seriously assaulting another young man.


Pat Hayden, a printer, is also accused of dangerous driving.

The alleged attack took place at Cushlawn Park in Tallaght on March 3 last.

Garda Sergeant Bernard Jones previously said that Graham Hayden and a friend of the victim had a mutual girlfriend, and there was ill-feeling over that.

Sgt Jones claimed the victim and two friends were cycling along Cushlawn Park when a car drove at them.

The sergeant alleged a car drove at the victim's friend, knocking him off his bike.

It is alleged a back-seat passenger in the car then opened the door knocking the victim and a second friend, who was on the crossbar, off the bike.

Sgt Jones said two of the youths ran away but the victim was dazed when he fell to the ground. It is alleged that five men, including the two defendants, got out of the car and set upon the victim, beating him to the ground and repeatedly punching and kicking him.

The victim suffered a lot of bruising to the face and ribs.