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Court appearance Homeless man charged over serious assault on woman in Dublin city centre last month

He is charged with making a threat to kill or cause her serious harm at Drury Street; false imprisonment of the woman at Montague Lane and assault causing her harm at Montague Lane and Dame Lane.

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Dean Paget, pictured leaving Tallaght District Court this evening after appearing charged with assault, false imprisonment and making a threat to kill or cause serious harm to a woman in Dublin City Centre in April 2021.. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Dean Paget, pictured leaving Tallaght District Court this evening after appearing charged with assault, false imprisonment and making a threat to kill or cause serious harm to a woman in Dublin City Centre in April 2021.. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Dean Paget, pictured leaving Tallaght District Court this evening after appearing charged with assault, false imprisonment and making a threat to kill or cause serious harm to a woman in Dublin City Centre in April 2021.. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

A HOMELESS man has been remanded in custody charged over a serious attack on a woman in Dublin city-centre.

Gardai commenced an investigation and appealed to the public for information after the woman, who is in her 30s, suffered injuries which required hospitalisation last month.

A man was arrested on Tuesday and detained at Pearse Street Garda station under section four of the Criminal Justice Act 1984. He was charged in the early hours of this morning and held pending his district court appearance.

The case was delayed due to a covid-19 precautionary measure requiring the case to be transferred to a late sitting of Tallaght District Court this evening.

Dean Paget, 32, who is of no fixed abode, is accused of four violent offences against the same woman, at three locations in the south-side of central Dublin in the early hours of April 25 last.

He is charged with making a threat to kill or cause her serious harm at Drury Street; false imprisonment of the woman at Montague Lane and assault causing her harm at Montague Lane and Dame Lane.

The charges are contrary to the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

Dressed in a black hooded top, grey tracksuit bottoms and white runners, he remained silent during his brief hearing.

Garda Grainne Collier told Judge Quirke that after the accused was cautioned, "there was no reply to any of the charges".

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 Dean Paget (32)  pictured leaving Tallaght District Court this evening after appearing charged with assault, false imprisonment and making a threat to kill or cause serious harm to a woman in Dublin City Centre in April 2021.. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Dean Paget (32) pictured leaving Tallaght District Court this evening after appearing charged with assault, false imprisonment and making a threat to kill or cause serious harm to a woman in Dublin City Centre in April 2021.. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Dean Paget (32) pictured leaving Tallaght District Court this evening after appearing charged with assault, false imprisonment and making a threat to kill or cause serious harm to a woman in Dublin City Centre in April 2021.. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

She told the court that there would be an objection to bail, however, defence solicitor Michael Kelleher there was no application at this stage.

Judge Quirke remanded Mr Paget in custody to appear via video-link at Cloverhill District Court next Tuesday.

Legal aid was granted following a request by Mr Kelleher who told the court his client "is a homeless man, unemployed, has no assets and in receipt of social welfare".

Mr Paget has not yet indicated how he will plead.

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