Dublin man accused of assaulting glamour model sent forward for trial

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Sean O'Dea
Sean O'Dea

A 28-year-old man accused of attacking Dublin glamour model Ava Van Rose has been served with a book of evidence and sent forward for trial.

Sean O'Dea (28) with an address at Woodside, Clontarf, in Dublin, had been charged earlier with assault causing harm to his then partner Bridget Byrne (26) from Clondalkin, who works under the name of Ava Van Rose.

The model and mother-of-three starred in the short-lived reality show Infectious along with Big Brother's Marc O'Neill.

It is alleged that the assault happened at Mr O'Dea's address on November 27 last. That charge is under Section Three of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

Bridget Byrne

He also has additional connected charges for producing a knife, and for making a threat to kill or cause serious harm to a named male at the same location and on the same date as the alleged assault.

Mr O'Dea, who has not yet entered a plea, made his fourth appearance at Dublin District Court today when he was served with a book of evidence.

The DPP had directed that he should face trial on indictment which means his trial will be heard in the Circuit Court which, on conviction, has tougher sentencing powers.

He was notified that if he intended to use an alibi in his defence he must notify the prosecution within 14 days. Judge John Brennan then made an order sending him forward for trial to appear on April 15 at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

He was remanded on continuing bail pending his next hearing.