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Killer's brother critical in alleged axe assault


Victim: Shane Geoghegan. Photo: PA

Victim: Shane Geoghegan. Photo: PA

Victim: Shane Geoghegan. Photo: PA

A DUBLIN man has been charged with producing a hatchet and assaulting another man, who suffered serious injuries, in an incident at an inner city flat.

Jonathan Donovan (28) appeared in Dublin District Court this morning over the alleged assault that left Paul Doyle (38) fighting for his life.

He is due to make an application for bail, which will be heard later today, following submissions from gardai.

The victim is a brother of Barry Doyle, who was convicted of shooting innocent rugby player Shane Geoghegan dead in Limerick in 2008. His other brother Paddy was shot dead in a gangland hit in Spain in February that year.

The attack on Mr Doyle took place at the apartment he shares with his girlfriend Lorraine Donovan – the accused's sister.

Mr Donovan, with an address at Cherryfield Lawns, Clonsilla, is charged with assault causing harm to Mr Doyle at Kelly's Row, off Dorset Street,.

He is also charged with producing a hatchet as a weapon.

Judge Denis McLoughlin was due to hear the bail application this afternoon.

Detective Garda Fergal Flaherty told the court he arrested the defendant at his home address at 7.33am on April 6.

He was charged at 7.08pm in Mountjoy garda station last night and his reply was: "I am sorry." He replied: "OK" to the other count and was handed copies of the charge sheets.

The incident happened just before 2am yesterday. It is believed a number of people had gathered at the flat on Saturday evening.


An argument broke out later in the night, during which Mr Doyle was seriously injured.

He was slashed across the forehead, causing a deep wound as far as his ear, and is believed to have lost a significant amount of blood.

Paul Doyle's brother Barry (28), who acted as a hitman for the McCarthy-Dundon crime gang, is serving life in prison for killing Shane Geoghegan in a case of mistaken identity November 2008.

Their elder brother Paddy (27), a notorious gangland figure, was shot dead in Spain in February 2008.