Man faces trial over at­tack on clam­per with a crow­bar

Irish Daily Mail - - News - By Tom Tuite

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.

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