Man faces trial over attack on clamper with a crowbar
Complainant’s knee was struck
A 58-YEAR-OLD man got out of his van and struck a clamper with a crowbar, a court has heard
John Purdue is charged with assault causing harm and will face trial in January. He has pleaded not guilty.
He appeared at Dublin District Court before Judge Colin Daly who asked to hear an outline of the allegations to decide on his trial venue.
A Garda sergeant told Judge Daly it was alleged that on September 12 last year there had been an attempt to clamp a van at Northern Cross on the Malahide Road.
It was alleged the Mr Purdue, from Belcamp Avenue, Priorswood, Dublin, became aggressive and got in the van and came out with a crowbar and lunged at the alleged injured party. There was a struggle and the complainant’s knee was struck, the court heard.
Judge Daly was told that the man’s knee was sore and tender afterwards but there were no long-term injuries. The judge accepted jurisdiction for the case to be dealt with at district court level.
CCTV evidence had been furnished to the defence and the case was listed for the accused to indicate how he was pleading.
Mr Purdue’s solicitor Eoin Lysaght told he court that a hearing date was required. The trial will take one hour, the judge noted.
In the district court, a conviction for the assault causing harm charge can result in a 12-month sentence and a fine.