Hands burnt with cigarettes during Aran Island camping assault, court hears

A Doughiska man accused of allegedly assaulting three men, including burning one man’s hands with cigarettes, during a camping trip to the Aran Islands has been further remanded on continuing bail for the service of a book of evidence.

Gary Walsh (35 ) with an address at 44 An Sean Bhaile, Doughiska, charged with two counts of assault causing harm and one count of assault, contrary to Section 3 and Section 2 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, at Chill Ronain, Inis Mor, Aran Islands, on August 6, 2011.

The court heard that the Director of Public Prosecution has consented to the matter being dealt with summarily on a plea of guilty only. Inspector Ernie Whyte told the court it would be alleged that the defendant went on a camping trip on August 6, 2011, to Inis Mor with three individuals, one of whom is a juvenile. Alcohol had been consumed and it is the allegation that “without warning” Walsh assaulted one person by burning cigarettes into his hand while another was punched and kicked when trying to retrieve his shirt which had been torn off him. It is further alleged that the third injured party was punched in the head when he tried to intervene.

Taking account of the medical report and the photographs of the injuries Judge Mary Fahy refused to accept jurisdiction in the matter and further remanded Walsh on continuing bail to appear in court again on July 30 next for the service of a book of evidence.


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