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Adjourned Prosecutors given more time to prepare case against man who allegedly hit LGBTQ activist with plank

Michael Quinn (29) is accused of hitting Izzy Kamikaze over the head with the plank after spotting her in a counter-protest to the demonstration against Covid-19 restrictions.

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Michael Quinn is alleged to have hit Ruth O’Rourke with a large plank of wood wrapped in a Tricolour at an anti-mask demonstration

Michael Quinn is alleged to have hit Ruth O’Rourke with a large plank of wood wrapped in a Tricolour at an anti-mask demonstration

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Michael Quinn is alleged to have hit Ruth O’Rourke with a large plank of wood wrapped in a Tricolour at an anti-mask demonstration

PROSECUTORS have been given more time to prepare their case against a man who allegedly attacked an LGBTQ activist with a plank of wood wrapped in an Irish tricolour at an anti-mask rally outside the Dail.

Michael Quinn (29) is accused of hitting Izzy Kamikaze over the head with the plank after spotting her in a counter-protest to the demonstration against Covid-19 restrictions.

He is facing trial but the formal directions of the DPP are required before he can be sent forward.

Judge Treasa Kelly adjourned the case to a date in February.

Mr Quinn, with an address at Malone Flats, Market Street, Ardee, Co Louth, is charged with assault causing harm to Ruth O’Rourke, who is known as Izzy Kamikaze.

The incident is alleged to have happened at Kildare Street on September 12 last.

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Accused: Michael Quinn outside court. Photo: Collins

Accused: Michael Quinn outside court. Photo: Collins

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Accused: Michael Quinn outside court. Photo: Collins

Today was the second time the case came before Dublin District Court and the judge heard the DPP's directions were not available yet.

Defence solicitor Edward Bradbury represented Mr Quinn, who was not required to be in court.

He asked the judge to adjourn the case. Mr Quinn was remanded on continuing bail.

When the accused first appeared in court in October, evidence of his arrest, charge and caution was submitted by certificate.

Outlining the prosecution's case, Garda Sergeant Gail Smith said the accused arrived at Kildare Street at 1.10pm to take part in a protest. At 3pm, the alleged victim arrived at the scene and Mr Quinn “noticed her presence."

It was alleged that the accused and some other people approached her and “the defendant struck the injured party on the head with a large plank of wood which had a large tricolour attached to it", Sgt Smith said.

This resulted in injuries to her head, it was alleged.

At the October hearing, Judge Brian O'Shea refused jurisdiction to deal with the case at district court level after hearing the outline of the alleged facts. The case will be sent forward for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court when a book of evidence is ready.

However, Judge O'Shea said formal directions from the DPP for trial on indictment were needed before this can happen.

Bail was granted in the accused’s own bond of €100, with no cash lodgment required. Under conditions, he is to stay out of the Dublin 2 area and provide a mobile phone number to the gardai at which he is contactable at all times.

Legal aid was also previously granted after the court heard the accused was in receipt of disability allowance.

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