County councillor sent forward for trial on alleged assault charges

October 24, 2016

A county councillor has been sent forward for trial at Letterkenny Circuit Court on assault charges.

Councillor John O’Donnell was charged with two cases of alleged assault at Newline Road in Letterkenny on February 23rd last, 2015.

Pictures of injuries caused to the alleged victim were previously handed into court to be viewed by Judge Paul Kelly.

The court heard that Mr O’Donnell, 35, and another man, Conor Ferguson, 26 were both charged in connection with the same incident.

Details of the alleged incidents were not given in court.

The court heard that the Director of Public Prosecutions that Mr O’Donnell’s cases be forward to the Circuit Court for Trial on Indictment.

He is charged with two counts of assault against two different people on the same date.

He is charged with assaulting Emmet Gallagher at the Sultan Takeaway and also with assaulting Seamus O’Donnell at Gortlee, Letterkenny.

Inspector Michael Harrison said a full book of evidence for Mr O’Donnell will have to prepared and put the case back until October 24th next.

Judge Paul Kelly said he will deal with an application for legal aid for Mr O’Donnell on that date.

The co-accused Conor Ferguson, of Gort Na Ri, KIlmacrennan, charged with assaulting Kirstie Callaghan causing her harm at Station Roundabout.

Judge Paul Kelly had refused jurisdiction in the case and had adjourned it until yesterday (Mon) for directions in the case.

The court heard yesterday (MON) how the Director of Public Prosecutions has consented to send both men forward for trial to the next Criminal sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court on December 6th next.



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