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"heated debate" Man's elbow broken when he was 'pushed in GAA club row', court hears


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A MAN is accused of pushing another man over, causing him to break his elbow in an argument outside a GAA club.

Ciaran Stone (37) and the other man were having a "heated debate" while socialising and had gone outside to speak in private when the alleged assault took place.

Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned the case at Dublin District Court for the accused to decide how he intends to plead.

Mr Stone, with an address at Dunard Road in Cabra, Dublin, is charged with assault causing harm to the other man.

The offence is alleged to have taken place at St Finbarr's GAA Club in Cabra.

A garda sergeant told Judge Smyth the Director of Public Prosecutions had consented to the case being dealt with at district level subject to the judge considering the issue of jurisdiction.

Outlining the proposed evidence, she said it was the prosecution's case that the accused and the alleged victim were socialising at the club on September 12 last year when they became involved in a row.

There was a "heated debate in relation to some matter" and both men stepped outside to speak in private, she said.

It was alleged the accused pushed the other man to the ground.

The court was told the man broke his elbow and he required surgery for his arm.

The injury was as a result of the impact with the ground, the sergeant said.

"It was just a push, he fell over and landed on his elbow," she added.

Judge Smyth said he would accept jurisdiction "in the particular circumstances in relation to the alleged facts".

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This allows the case to stay in the district court instead of being sent forward for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

A medical report was available to the court and defence solicitor Andrew Broderick asked the judge to adjourn the case so he could view it and take instructions from his client.

The garda sergeant said she could get a copy of the report sent to the solicitor's office.

The accused was not required to be in court and Judge Smyth remanded him on continuing bail in his absence to a date later this month.

He has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charge, which is under Section 3 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

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