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24 Jan 2022

Longford District Court: Man sent forward for trial

Book of Evidence to be served at next sitting

Longford District Court: Man sent forward for trial

A man charged with assault causing harm has been sent forward for trial to the next sitting of Longford Circuit Court.

Inspector Padraig Jones said the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had consented to send forward Gerard Donoghue of 3 Harbour View, Longford town for trial.

The court was told one of the charges Mr Donoghue faces centres on a Section 3 assault under the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997.

That stemmed from an incident at Harbour View, Market Square, Longford on November 6 2015.

The Inspector also said there were further charges being issued against Mr Donoghue, two of which involved an alleged case of criminal damage at 3 An Aileann, Farnagh Hill on December 5 2015.

The court was told Mr Donoghue was currently on station bail, a requirement Judge Hughes agreed to extend upon agreement from the prosecution.

Inspector Jones said one of the reasons for that was due to the fact that the victim was not residing in the Longford area.

“Our concerns with regard to the victim would have diminished considerably,” he said.

“She is not local.”

Mr Donoghue was also granted legal aid in relation to all charges.

He was consequently remanded on continuing bail to appear back before Longford District Court on July 5 when it is expected a book of evidence will be served.

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