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The accused man has been refused bail

The accused man has been refused bail

The accused man has been refused bail

A DUBLIN man has been refused bail after he was accused of inflicting serious head injuries to a family member by beating him over the head with a large fire extinguisher.

Michael Joyce, 23, of Hamlet Lane, Balbriggan, Dublin is charged with assault causing harm at a house in Rathmines in the city’s south-side on Jan. 24. He appeared before Judge Victor Blake at Cloverhill District Court for a bail hearing.

Garda Rachel Corcoran objected to him getting released pending trial due to the seriousness of the case.

She told Judge Blake it was alleged a man, related to the accused, was visciously assaulted after a disagreement with Mr Joyce and a co-accused.

Garda Corcoran said the man sustained a number of punches and kicks to his head area. He was then struck by two men using large fire extinguishers, it was alleged.

The man suffered serious injures and was also struck another 10 times while he was unconscious on the ground, Garda Corcoan said.

After he was taken to hospital he was put into an induced coma for a number of days as a result of severe bleeding to the brain. He remains in a serious but stable condition, she said. Further charges are anticipated, Garda Corcoran added.

She told the court it was alleged the violence used was “extreme”.

Defence counsel Niall Storan, instructed by solicitor Brian Keenan, pleaded for bail. He argued that there was no evidence his client was a flight risk.

Judge Blake refused and remanded Mr Joyce in custody to appear again on Feb. 16 next.

Another man is also before the courts charged in connection with the incident.

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