Men waiting for verdict in garda assault case
TWO Bray men accused of a late-night attack of an off-duty senior garda, his girlfriend, and their friend, in a Bray laneway must wait until next week for a verdict in their assault case.
Defendants John Cox (23), 59 Hazelwood, and his cousin Edward ‘Ned’ Doran (18), 51 Ballywaltrim Heights both told Bray District Court that they have alibis for the night of January 27 2008 when Inspector James Delaney and his party were set upon by a gang of five youths.
Insp. Delaney previously told Judge Murrough Connellan that he was punched in the head and his friend John Crowe knocked unconscious as they walked down the laneway between Killarney Road at around 2 a.m. on January 27 last year. Insp. Delaney’s girlfriend Eva O’Connor was with them.
Cox told the court that he was in Patrick Doran’s house, Edward’s brother and his cousin, ‘playing Playstation,’ and slept there for the night. Doran told the court that he was at a party in Oldcourt Park.
Mrs Doran gave evidence that Cox was in her home that night, as did Patrick Doran. Another witness Derek Bourke, who is a neighbour of Doran’s, told the Court that Ned Doran was with him the whole time at a party in Oldcourt Park on the night in question.
Cox and Doran will face Judge Murrough Connellan again on February 19.