| 14.2°C Dublin

Gang attack Man (23) charged after couple 'set upon and attacked by a gang of youths' in Mulhuddart

Nathan Burke (23) was allegedly identified as one of the culprits after his DNA was found on a pair of sunglasses dropped at the scene

Close

Nathan Burke, charged with assaulting man and woman

Nathan Burke, charged with assaulting man and woman

Nathan Burke, charged with assaulting man and woman

A young man who was allegedly part of a gang of up to 20 youths who set upon a couple as they were walking home is facing trial on the charges.

Nathan Burke (23) was allegedly identified as one of the culprits after his DNA was found on a pair of sunglasses dropped at the scene.

Judge Miriam Walsh refused jurisdiction to deal with the charges in the district court and adjourned the case to a date in September for the book of evidence.

The accused, of Dromheath Avenue in Blanchardstown, Dublin, is charged with seriously assaulting a man and a woman at Church Street in Mulhuddart on May 24, 2018.

The court heard the DPP had directed summary disposal in the district court on a guilty plea only.

Outlining the allegation for jurisdiction purposes, Sergeant Maria Callaghan told Blanchardstown District Court the alleged victims were walking home with their adult son when they came to the junction at Church Street.

Sgt Callaghan alleged they were set upon by a gang of 15 or 20 youths who blocked the footpath and shouted verbal abuse at them.

The sergeant alleged the male victim was punched, kicked and hit in the head, and suffered an injury to the neck and bruising to the face.

Sgt Callaghan claimed a man in an orange T-shirt was among those who assaulted the woman.

She received two punches to the cheek and left ear.

Gardaí arrived on the scene and the youths ran away.

The man in the orange T-shirt dropped a pair of sunglasses as he fled the scene, and Sgt Callaghan said they were forensically examined and the DNA matched that of Mr Burke.

A medical report of the man’s injuries was handed into court, but the lady did not require medical treatment, Sgt Callaghan added.

Judge Walsh refused jurisdiction of the charges.

Sunday World Newsletter

Sign up for the latest news and updates

This field is required This field is required

Mr Burke has not yet indicated a plea to the charges.

Download the Sunday World app

Now download the free app for all the latest Sunday World News, Crime, Irish Showbiz and Sport. Available on Apple and Android devices


Privacy