06 Dec 2021

District court hears of 'unprovoked and racially motivated attack' on man

Dundalk District Court

District court hears of 'unprovoked and racially motivated attack' on man

A 25 year old man has appeared before Dundalk District Court charged in connection with what Judge William Hamill was told, was a totally unprovoked and racially motivated attack on a Nigerian man.

Details of the alleged incident were outlined during an application for bail, which was opposed by gardaí.

Martin Smith with an address at Ashling Park, Cox’s Demesne appeared before the vacation sitting of the court last Thursday charged with assault causing harm arising out of the alleged incident two days earlier.

The investigating garda said he was objecting to the bail application due to the seriousness of the alleged offence, which he said related to a man who was allegedly attacked three times after a man believed to be the defendant asked him for the time before racially abusing him.

The garda said that a ‘Good Samaritan’ intervened and it’s alleged that one of the two others involved in the incident and not the accused had a knife in his hand.

The court also heard that a witness claims to have seen the man being stabbed in the head and gardaí are awaiting medical reports to establish the extent of the injuries suffered.

The garda confirmed that the CCTV footage, which was on a USB stick could not be viewed by the Defence on a laptop at Dundalk garda station.

Mr. Smith’s solicitor argued that the evidence grounding the objection to bail amounted to hearsay and in the event of the matter being contested in the Circuit Court, he said the case was unlikely to get to trial before October next year.

He submitted there were insufficient grounds on which to refuse bail, however Judge William Hamill remanded Martin Smith in custody for a week to Cloverhill District Court on Thursday.

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