Man charged over Tuam assault

Monday 05 May 2014 22.38
Gerard Coen appeared before a special sitting of Galway District Court this morning
Gerard Coen appeared before a special sitting of Galway District Court this morning

A 22-year-old man has been remanded in custody with consent to bail after being charged in connection with an assault on another man in Tuam, Co Galway over the weekend.

Gerard Coen, with an address at Doonbeg, Ballyglunin, Co Galway, was brought before a special sitting of Galway District Court this morning.

He is charged with assault causing harm to 27-year-old David Rushe on High Street in Tuam in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Detective Michael Kelly of Tuam Garda Station gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution.

Superintendent Noel Kelly outlined a number of conditions that the State wished to attach to any bail application.

These include signing on three times a week at Tuam Garda Station, abstaining from alcohol and observing a curfew between 11pm and 7am.

Defence solicitor Sean Acton told the court that Mr Coen's mother would provide an independent surety of €3,000, but that she had difficulty in accessing the funds due to the bank holiday.

In addition to this, a bond of €1,000 will be lodged by the defendant.

Judge Gerard Furlong granted an application for free legal aid.

Mr Coen will appear before next Friday's sitting of Harristown District Court.