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31-year-old man accused of attack on female judge in Dublin

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
31-year-old man accused of attack on female judge in Dublin

A 31-YEAR-OLD man has been served with a book of evidence and sent forward for trial charged with attacking a judge following a court hearing in Dublin.

He is accused of attacking Judge Miriam Walsh, who was hospitalised after she was allegedly punched and kicked following a district court hearing on December 11 last.

The man, who had been remanded in custody at early in the proceedings, was later granted conditional bail.

He appeared at Dublin District Court today, where he was served with a book of evidence.

Judge Michael Walsh made an order sending him forward for trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, where he will face his next hearing on May 22.

The defendant, who has not yet entered a plea, was remanded on continuing bail. The court has heard that he is currently unemployed but is looking for work or contemplating resuming his education.

His bail conditions state he must stay away from the Dolphin House district court building in the city centre, where he allegedly assaulted and caused harm to Judge Miriam Walsh on December 11 last. He has to reside at an address furnished to the court and notify gardai of any change of residence.

Judge Miriam Walsh had been presiding over a case involving two parents and their adult son in which a protection order was sought; the proceedings were at the district court in Dolphin House in central Dublin.

The judge was allegedly punched and kicked and brought to hospital; however, her injuries were not serious and she was later released.

Gardai arrested the man and he was later charged with assault causing harm to Judge Walsh.

He was held in custody overnight and brought to appear before Dublin District Court the following day. Det Gda Francis Byrne had then said the man "made no reply" when he was charged with the offence.

At his first hearing on December 12, the court had heard it was alleged Judge Miriam Walsh had been assaulted in court and was punched and kicked, and suffered bruising.

The garda agreed with defence solicitor Peter Connolly that the defendant had never been in trouble before and has no history of bench warrants for failing to attend hearings.

Mr Connolly had said the defendant, who is from Dublin, has Asperger syndrome and was vulnerable.