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Man in court
on machete
attack charge

A MAN, who was extradited from Britain to face charges connected to an outbreak of violence at Dublin's Smithfield horse fair in 2011, has been returned for trial.

Gardai were on the scene when trouble flared at about 11.30am at the monthly market in Dublin's city centre which was attended by up to 4,500 horse traders and spectators, on March 6, 2011.

Several men were wounded during clashes which has already led to a number of court prosecutions.

Last week, Simon Quilligan (31), who is of no fixed abode, appeared at Dublin District Court. This came following his arrest in England, after which he was handed over to gardai who had objected to bail.

Mr Quilligan has been charged with assault causing serious harm to Wesley McDonagh at Smithfield on March 6, 2011. He also faces connected charges of assault causing harm to a man named Michael McInerney, violent disorder and producing a weapon, a slash hook, in the course of a dispute.

Garda Colm Kelly had told the district court that Mr Quilligan had "no reply" when the charges were put to him.

Bail was refused and the accused, who has not yet entered a plea, had been remanded in custody. There was amendment to one of the charges with the word "machete" being added to the weapon charge.

Judge James Faughnan made an order sending the accused forward for trial to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where his next hearing is scheduled to take place on October 17.