Man to be sentenced later this year for vicious assault

Man to be sentenced later this year for vicious assault

A Dublin man will be sentenced later this year for an assault in which his victim was seriously injured.

Jonathan Donovan (30) admitted the assault following legal argument after a jury had been sworn in for his trial earlier this week.

Donovan, of O'Devaney Gardens, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing serious harm to Paul Doyle at Kelly's Row, Dorset Street, on April 6, 2014.

Judge John Aylmer thanked the jury for their service and remanded Donovan in custody until his sentence date on April 25th next when full facts will be heard in the case.

Before he pleaded guilty Fiona McGowan BL, prosecuting, told the jury that the victim received serious head injuries after a dispute broke out.

She said that the law was that the State would have to prove that Donovan's actions were carried out “without lawful excuse” and that this would be an important feature in the case.

A witness from Dublin Fire Brigade testified that during the early hours of April 6 he responded to a call at Kelly's Row. He said when he got to the top of the stairs at the flat he was told that a carry sheet would be needed to stretcher Mr Doyle down to an ambulance.

Mr Doyle was brought then to the Mater hospital where he was treated in a resuscitation room in the Emergency Department, the trial heard.