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SINGLE BLOW Man was knocked out in alleged 'one punch' pub attack


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Darren King has not yet entered a plea to the charge

Darren King has not yet entered a plea to the charge

Darren King has not yet entered a plea to the charge

A pub-goer punched a man who fell and hit his head on the bar, leaving him unconscious on the floor, it has been alleged.

Darren King (34) is accused of hitting the man with a single blow to the face on the dance floor, after which he suffered a large cut to his head and concussion when he fell.

Judge Gerard Jones adjourned the case at Blanch- ardstown District Court.

Mr King, of Colepark Road, Ballyfermot, is charged with assault causing harm to a man at Penny Hill Pub, Ballyowen Lane, Lucan, on July 7 last year.

Garda Sergeant Walter Sweeney told Judge Gerard Jones the DPP had directed summary disposal of the case in the district court on a guilty plea only, subject to the issue of jurisdiction being considered.

Outlining the prosecution's case, he said the alleged victim had been in the pub at 1.55am.

The man was on a corner of the dance floor when he was allegedly approached by the accused.

Stitches

It was alleged Mr King punched him once in the face, which caused the man to fall to the floor, hitting his head on the side of the bar.

This caused a large cut to the top of the man's head and he fell unconscious, Sgt Sweeney said.

An ambulance was called, and the injured man was taken to Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown, where he received five stitches to his head wound and was treated for concussion.

The court heard there was no medical report available as yet.

Judge Jones said he would need to see a report on the alleged victim's injuries before deciding on the issue of jurisdiction, which will determine the trial venue.

If jurisdiction is accepted and the accused pleads guilty, the case can be dealt with at district court level.

Otherwise, it will be sent forward for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge Jones remanded the accused on continuing bail, to appear in court again on a date in November.

He granted free legal aid following a defence application.

Herald