Man dies following New Year's Day assault

Thursday 02 January 2014 22.28
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Graham Palmer and Aisling Burke have been charged with violent disorder
Graham Palmer and Aisling Burke have been charged with violent disorder
Dale Creighton was allegedly assaulted at the footbridge at the Tallaght Bypass
Dale Creighton was allegedly assaulted at the footbridge at the Tallaght Bypass

A 20-year-old man injured in an attack in Tallaght, Dublin in the early hours of New Year’s Day has died in hospital.

Dale Creighton died this afternoon following an alleged assault at around 4am on 1 January.

Two people appeared in court earlier today charged in connection with the incident.

A further three men in their 20s have been arrested and remain in garda custody.

Graham Palmer, 24, with an address at Homelawn Road and 20-year-old Aisling Burke of Bolbrook Grove in Tallaght were both charged with violent disorder at the footbridge at the Tallaght Bypass on 1 January.

The court heard further serious charges were being considered by the prosecution.

The accused were both charged in the early hours of this morning at Tallaght Garda Station and made no reply after caution.

Gardaí objected to bail on grounds including the seriousness of the charges.

There is a maximum term of ten years in prison for violent disorder.

Defence Solicitor John O'Leary said members of his clients' families were in court.

The accused were prepared to obey bail conditions and enjoyed a presumption of innocence, he said.

Judge Michael Walsh granted bail in the defendants' own bonds of €750 each, with additional independent sureties of €2,000.

Judge Walsh granted legal aid after hearing they were unemployed and it was Mr Palmer's "New Year's resolution" to get a job.