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Assault case Doorman for Dublin city centre Burger King allegedly 'pushed man who broke his hip'

Sgt Flanagan said the victim's hip would have to be replaced in 10 to 15 years

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Burger King doorman Wesley Demartelaare appeared in court

Burger King doorman Wesley Demartelaare appeared in court

Burger King doorman Wesley Demartelaare appeared in court

A security guard at a fast food restaurant pushed a man away from the entrance, causing him to fall and break his hip, it is alleged.

Wesley Demartelaare (36) is accused of assaulting and injuring the man in an incident outside a Dublin city centre Burger King.

The case against him was adjourned when he appeared in Dublin District Court.

Mr Demartelaare, with an address at Iona Villas, Glasnevin, is charged with assault.

The DPP consented to summary disposal of the case in the district court, subject to a judge accepting jurisdiction.

Outlining the prosecution's case, Garda Sergeant Tony Flanagan told Judge Bryan Smyth the incident was alleged to have happened at Burger King on O'Connell Street Lower on December 20, 2019.

On arriving at the scene, gardaí found the alleged injured party sitting on the ground.

The man was arrested on suspicion of public order offences but complained of pain in his right leg.

An ambulance was called for him and the man later made a complaint that he had been assaulted.

Sgt Flanagan said on viewing CCTV footage, gardaí saw the accused, who was a security guard, pushing the alleged victim away from the entrance, causing him to fall on the ground.

He remained there for three minutes before being helped to his feet by members of the public.

As a result of the fall, it was alleged, the man suffered a fracture to the neck of the right femur. A hip screw was placed at the fracture.

The sergeant said the victim's hip would have to be replaced in 10 to 15 years.

Sgt Flanagan said the CCTV was not in court but the allegation was that it was "one push."

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Judge Smyth said he would have to see CCTV footage before deciding on jurisdiction, which will determine a court venue for the case. He remanded the accused on continuing bail to mid-March.

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