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Strict conditions Teen accused of assault after woman had boiling water poured over her granted bail

The complainant told the court she was “absolutely petrified”.

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Josh Conlon (18), of Meath Place, Thomas Street, Dublin 8, leaving Dublin District Court yesterday after a bail hearing. PIC: Collins Courts

Josh Conlon (18), of Meath Place, Thomas Street, Dublin 8, leaving Dublin District Court yesterday after a bail hearing. PIC: Collins Courts

Josh Conlon (18), of Meath Place, Thomas Street, Dublin 8, leaving Dublin District Court yesterday after a bail hearing. PIC: Collins Courts

AN 18-year-old Dublin man has been granted bail over a two-hour "extreme violence" incident where a woman was beaten and had boiling water poured over her.

Father of one, Josh Conlan of Meath Place, Dublin 8, was charged with assault causing harm on November 11.

He appeared at Dublin District Court today facing objections to bail due to the seriousness of the case and witness intimidation fears.

Two other men, in their 20s and 30s, were already taken into custody on connected charges.

The complainant told the court she was “absolutely petrified”.

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Josh Conlon (18), of Meath Place, Thomas Street, Dublin 8, leaving Dublin District Court

Josh Conlon (18), of Meath Place, Thomas Street, Dublin 8, leaving Dublin District Court

Josh Conlon (18), of Meath Place, Thomas Street, Dublin 8, leaving Dublin District Court

Garda David O'Reilly told Judge Treasa Kelly the accused, and an associate called to the Dublin 8 home of the complainant and her partner.

It was alleged the couple owed a debt.

The court heard the woman's hands were put on a table, and Mr Conlan boiled a kettle of water.

He allegedly brought it to a co-accused who poured four cups of it on the woman’s hands.

Garda O'Reilly said a scarf was used "to stop her screaming," and the teen was allegedly instructed to break a table leg then used to strike the woman and her partner.

The court heard it was a “two-hour unprovoked attack”.

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They allegedly left telling her they would be back to collect the debt.

Gardai obtained CCTV evidence and carried out a technical examination of her home.

A file is to be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) seeking trial on indictment and further serious charges.

Garda O'Reilly said the incident "demonstrated a propensity for extreme violence."

In his Garda interview, Mr Conlan made no admissions.

He has not yet indicated how he will plead.

The Garda agreed with defence solicitor Mervyn Harnett that the accused denied pouring the boiling water. However, he allegedly put himself at the scene.

The investigating officer accepted that the youth was not believed to be the ring-leader.

The contested bail hearing was told the woman suffered burns to her hands, back and shoulder, as well as broken fingers.

Mr Harnett argued that stringent conditions could alleviate the garda concerns.

Judge Kelly released Mr Conlan on his bond of €300 but ordered him to stay away from parts of the Dublin 8 area.

She warned him he must reside with his partner in west Dublin, be contactable by mobile phone, obey an 11 pm – 6 am curfew and have no contact with the woman or witnesses.

She stressed that he risked being held in custody if he broke the terms.

Mr Conlan spoke briefly to confirm he understood the order.

Judge Kelly remanded him on bail to appear again in January for directions from the DPP to be obtained.

Legal aid was granted.

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