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Bail terms relaxed for manslaughter accused

Daniel Fitzgerald
Daniel Fitzgerald

A 33-year-old man charged with killing a man following a row outside a Dublin nightclub had his bail terms relaxed.

Christopher Fitzgerald, a 34-year-old father, suffered serious injuries after an incident in Swords, in north Co. Dublin in the early hours of May 7 last. 

Emergency services were called to the scene where Mr Fitzgerald was attended to by night club staff. Fitzgerald, originally from Dublin but who was living in Drogheda, Co Louth, was rushed to Beaumont Hospital where he later died.

The accused, Daniel Fitzgerald, from Whitestown Avenue, Blanchardstown, Dublin was charged in May with manslaughter for the unlawful killing of Christopher Fitzgerald on May 7 at Airside Business Park in Swords.

Bail had been set in his own bond of €250 with a €7,500 independent surety.

One of the conditions compelled him to sign on twice a week, every Tuesday and Thursday, at Blanchardstown Garda station. He appeared again at Dublin District Court on

Friday when Judge Michael Walsh was told that the book of evidence in the case was yet not ready. Defence solicitor Richard Young said there was consent to an adjournment until a date in October. 

Judge Walsh agreed to the defence request to reduce the signing-on condition to one day a week. There was no objection from the prosecution.

The accused was then remanded on continuing bail to appear again in October for a book of evidence to be served.

At the first hearing in May, Detective Sergeant Ian Brunton told the court that when Daniel Fitzgerald was handed a true copy of the manslaughter charge he replied: “I’m so, so sorry he passed away, I was only trying to defend myself”.

The court had also imposed other bail conditions which had been sought by Det Sergeant Brunton. He was told he cannot have any contact directly or indirectly with prosecution witnesses; he had to surrender his passport and not apply for a duplicate or any other travel documents, and he was warned that any change of address has to be approved by Det Sergeant Brunton.