27 Nov 2021

Cllr. to appear in circuit court on assault charges

Cllr John O'Donnell to stand trial in circuit court

Cllr. to appear in circuit court on assault charges

A Donegal County Councillor will be sent for trial to the circuit court on two counts of alleged assault causing harm.

Independent county councillor, John O'Donnell, Kilmacrennan, appeared at Letterkenny charged with assaulting Emmet Gallagher at Sultan's Take-away in Letterkenny on February 23, 2015 causing him harm. He was also charged with assaulting Sean O'Donnell causing him harm at Gortlee, Letterkenny on the same date.

The court heard the DPP directed the matter go for trial on indictment to the circuit court.

Garda Inspector Michael Harrison asked the matter be adjourned to October 24 for the preparation of a book of evidence against the accused.

The court heard solicitor Rory O' Brien was coming on record for Mr O'Donnell and that he would be seeking legal aid.

The court heard Conor Ferguson of 4 Fort na Rí, Kilmacrennan was also charged in an alleged linked matter. He was charged with assault causing harm to Kirstie Gallagher at Station Roundabout, Letterkenny on February 23, 2015.

After reviewing a medical report and viewing photographs, Judge Paul Kelly refused jurisdiction in his case. His case was also adjourned it to October 24 and the judge stated he would consider legal aid on that date.

Both of the accused were in court.

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