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Michael Gaffney allegedly hit man several times on face

Michael Gaffney allegedly hit man several times on face

Michael Gaffney allegedly hit man several times on face

A Dublin man has been accused of breaking his neighbour's nose after attacking him with a wooden brush.

Michael Gaffney (31) is alleged to have struck the man several times in the face in an assault at an apartment building in the north of the city.

He is facing trial after Judge Bryan Smyth ruled the case was too serious to be dealt with at Dublin District Court.

Mr Gaffney, of Court View, Castle Avenue, Clontarf, is charged with assault causing harm and producing a wooden brush in the course of a dispute.

Garda Richard Hennessy said the accused made no reply when charged after caution.

The DPP had directed summary disposal of the case at district court level subject to jurisdiction being considered, the officer told Judge Smyth.

Outlining the prosecution's case, Gda Hennessy said that last May 15, gardaí were called to Castle Avenue, Clontarf, where it was reported that a man had been assaulted.

Armed

Officers noticed the alleged victim had injuries, and he said he had been hit with a brush.

It was alleged the accused refused to cooperate with the gardaí when they approached him and an armed support unit was called and he was removed.

He was arrested and taken to Clontarf garda station.

It was claimed the accused struck the alleged victim with several punches to the face and the man suffered a broken nose.

Clinical notes were submitted, but the court heard the alleged victim went to the Mater Hospital and refused to stay to be treated for his injuries.

Gda Hennessy said he contacted the alleged victim and arranged for him to go back to the hospital.

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There was also a medical report on the injuries, he said, and Judge Smyth read this.

The judge said he was refusing jurisdiction and adjourned the case for the DPP's consent to the preparation of a book of evidence for a return for trial.

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