Men wait­ing for ver­dict in garda as­sault case

Bray People - - News -

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.

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