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30/07/2021

Dubliner charged in connection to fatal assault of Drumlish man in New York denies "all wrongdoing"

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The scene outside a bar at Queens, New York where Drumlish man Danny McGee tragically lost his life.

A 25 year-old Dublin man charged with assault in connection to the death of Drumlish man Danny McGee outside a New York bar last week, has denied any wrongdoing.

Steven O’Brien, of 42nd Street, Queens, New York appeared in court last Friday charged with assault during the early hours of Thanksgiving morning.

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A Manhatten bartender by profession, Mr O’Brien was arrested and charged a number of hours later after reportedly handing himself into police officials.

Danny, a talented GAA and soccer player, was found lying unresponsive on the ground when police attended the scene shortly before 4am.

He was rushed to the nearby Elmhurst Hospital Center but was later pronounced dead.
A statement released by the New York Police Department said officers raced to the scene of the incident after a 911 call was made to its offices.

“Upon arrival, officers observed a 21-year-old male lying on the ground, with trauma to the head. EMS also responded to the location and transported the male to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where he was pronounced deceased.

“A preliminary investigation determined that the male was punched in the head by an unknown male in front of the location, who then fled the scene on foot. There are no arrests at this time. The investigation remains ongoing.”

Following his arrest and the formal charge of assault being made against him, Mr O’Brien stared at the ground and declined to speak to reporters as he was escorted out of the 108th Precinct stationhouse last Friday.

“While this is a tragic event, Mr O'Brien denies all wrongdoing and is not guilty,” said his lawyer, Matthew Gartenberg.

Bail was set at $25,000 bond and $25,000 cash with Mr O’Brien scheduled to appear in court again on January 4.

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