Race against time over Longford assault case

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Judge Seamus Hughes

Judge Seamus Hughes

Two men and a woman accused of assault have been remanded in custody and on continuing bail respectively to allow for a book of evidence to be served.

John Kelly (30) 4 Cluain Ard, Ardnacassa, Longford, Tony Wilson (37), 4 Avonmore Green, Tallaght, Dublin 24 were both charged with assaulting a male victim at Mollaghan’s Car Park on November 7 2018 under Section 3 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

Frances O’Brien (23), 4 Cluain Ard, Ardnacassa, Longford was also charged with assaulting a female at Lloyd’s Pharmacy, Longford Shopping Centre on November 8 2018 contrary to Section 2 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.
The court was told the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had only forwarded “partial directions” in the case, leading Sgt Mark Mahon to apply for an adjournment.

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Solicitor for Mr Kelly, Fiona Baxter, argued her client had been in custody since last November and on that basis would be seeking “peremptory against the State” the next time it comes before the court. In effect, that request meant the case could be struck out if the State is not fully ready to proceed at the next available date.

Sgt Mahon said he needed to get clarification from the DPP in relation to one outstanding matter but that no additional charges were in the offing. Judge Hughes acceded to the request made by Ms Baxter and remanded Mr Wilson in custody until May 7 2019.

Frank Gearty, defending for Mr Wilson, said his client was similarly anxious to finalise the case.

“This the fourteenth time it has come before the court and we did understand DPP directions had come,” he said.

Mr Gearty said Mr Wilson was serving a sentence at the present time which will expire at the end of April. Like Mr Kelly before him, Mr Wilson was remanded in custody until May 7 2019.

Ms O’Brien, meanwhile, was remanded on continuing bail to the same date also.