Cork man charged with carrying out three different assaults on the one man in one evening

Cork man charged with carrying out three different assaults on the one man in one evening
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A Killeens man faces a district court trial later in the year on charges of carrying out three different assaults on the one man in one evening.

The case against Gary King of Lios Cara Grove, Killeens, Cork, was before Cork District Court.

Sergeant John Kelleher outlined the alleged facts of the case for Judge Olann Kelleher to see if he would accept jurisdiction to deal with the case at district court level.

After hearing the outline of the allegations in the case investigated by Garda Graham Desmond the judge said he would accept jurisdiction.

He put the case back until July 13 at Cork District Court and directed that documents would be sent to the defence.

Sergeant John Kelleher said that on April 7 2019 at around 7pm the complainant, Jonathan Heffernan, was having a drink with a relative in the Commons Inn when he was allegedly assaulted by Gary King.

Sgt. Kelleher said it was alleged that, “Gary King was goading the injured party who told him to go away and leave them alone. Gary King then attacked Jonathan Heffernan, punching at him and they struggled on to the ground.” 

Sgt. Kelleher told the judge that the defendant was escorted from the premises.

It was then alleged that, “A short time later Gary King returned to the Commons Inn and attacked Jonathan Heffernan again in the same manner. The injured party alleged he received a foot injury during this assault.” 

Both incidents were captured on CCTV.

In the third alleged assault it was outlined by Jonathan Heffernan to gardaí that when he was walking home later at Parklands Drive he was set upon again by the defendant who allegedly struck him in the knee with his own knee, causing injury to Jonathan Heffernan’s knee.

Sgt. Kelleher said, “Garda Desmond showed CCTV footage from the Commons Inn incidents to Gary King but he declined to be interviewed.” 

Both parties are 38 years old.

The defendant faces three assault charges arising out of the allegations.

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