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A WOMAN regained consciousness after being headbutted by a man in a hotel room to find her attacker "choking" her, a court has been told.

Christopher Fox (31) is alleged to have assaulted and injured the woman when his "demeanour changed" hours after they checked in together.

He is facing trial after a judge ruled the charge was too serious to be dealt with at district court level.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the case at Blanchardstown District Court for the further consideration of the DPP.

Mr Fox, of Beechwood Lawn, Killiney, is charged with assaulting the woman, causing her harm.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said the DPP had directed summary disposal of the case at district court level if the judge accepted jurisdiction to deal with it.

At an earlier hearing, the court had heard a summary of the proposed prosecution evidence, but the judge had requested more information before deciding on jurisdiction.

Outlining the allegations again, Sgt Callaghan said it was the prosecution's case that the accused and the woman checked in to the hotel on the night of April 7, 2019, and at 2am the accused's "demeanour changed" and he became aggressive toward her.

It was alleged Mr Fox headbutted the woman on the fore- head, causing her to lose consciousness.

Sgt Callaghan said that when the woman regained consciousness, the accused "had his hands around her neck and he was choking her".

The alleged victim had bruising to her forehead and neck after the incident, the court heard.

A medical report and photos of the woman's injuries were submitted and viewed by the judge.

"One must also consider, not only what has been alleged in the photos and text, but the alleged psychological damage," Judge McHugh said.

He said that, having considered the matter, he was refusing jurisdiction and "sending it forward".

He said he required the DPP's consent to a return for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court as he "did not have the authority" to send the case forward otherwise.

The accused, who has not yet indicated a plea, was remanded on continuing bail.

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