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Man who allegedly punched and kicked judge to be released on bail

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
The man allegedly assaulted and caused harm to Judge Miriam Walsh
The man allegedly assaulted and caused harm to Judge Miriam Walsh

A 31-YEAR-OLD man accused of attacking a judge following a court hearing in Dublin earlier this month is to be released on bail.

Dublin District Court heard that bail conditions have been set but have yet to be taken up by the accused who had been remanded in custody at an earlier stage. Judge Michael Walsh further remanded him in custody with consent to bail to appear again on December 29th.

It was the man's third appearance since being charged and defence solicitor Peter Connolly said his client will be taking up bail.

The conditions imposed on his client state that when he is released 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 11th last. Once he takes up bail he also 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 said the man “made no reply” when he was charged with the offence.

At his first hearing on December 12th, 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 Mr Connolly that the defendant had never been in trouble before and has no history of bench warrants for failing to attend hearings. Mr Connolly argued that the bail objection was unsustainable but an address for his client was the only issue.

Mr Connolly had said the defendant, who is from Dublin, has Asperger syndrome and was vulnerable. The accused has not yet entered a plea to the charge.