Man charged with Letterkenny assault granted second legal counsel

May 11, 2022

A Buncrana man has been granted a second senior counsel because of the seriousness of his case and the complexity of the evidence.

Seamus Cooley appeared before Letterkenny Circuit Court.

He is charged with assault causing harm contrary to section 3 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Persons Act.

Mr Cooley is charged that on October 15th, 2017 at Castle Street, Letterkenny that he unlawfully assaulted Shannon Reid McDaid thereby causing her harm.

His barrister Mr John McCoy made an application on the opening day of Letterkenny Circuit Court for a second counsel.

Mr McCoy told Judge John Aylmer that this is “no ordinary run of the mill assault case.”

He said there was a large amount of evidence in the case which will be quite technical.

He added that there will also be DNA evidence and well as extensive CCTV footage.

The court was told that the victim had damage to her teeth, nose and face as a result of the assault and was at the “upper end of the scale.”

Judge John Aylmer granted the application for a second counsel and adjourned the case.