Garda sent for trial on coercive control and assault charges

Mark Doyle, 36, based in the west of the city, but currently on suspension, had a book of evidence served on him on Friday when he appeared at Dublin District Court.
Garda sent for trial on coercive control and assault charges

Tom Tuite

A Dublin-based Garda charged with assault and coercive control has been sent forward for trial.

Mark Doyle (36) based in the west of the city, but currently on suspension, had a book of evidence served on him on Friday when he appeared at Dublin District Court.

He was charged earlier with controlling or coercive behaviour, which had a serious effect on a relevant person who is or was his spouse in 2019.

He faces six counts of assault causing harm to her and two charges of assaulting two males.

The offences allegedly occurred between 2008-2009 and 2019.

The Director of Public Prosecutions directed trial on indictment. Judge Colm Roberts acceded to an application from State solicitor Niamh McKernan to grant a return for trial order.

He told Mr Doyle, who has not yet pleaded, he was being sent forward to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where he must appear on March 25th.

He was warned to notify the prosecution if he intended to use an alibi in his defence.

The judge ordered gardaí to provide the defence with copies of interview videos.

Defence solicitor Brian Coveney requested legal aid for his client. He said the accused was a serving member of An Garda Síochána and that he furnished documentation to the court.

Judge Roberts acceded to the application.

Inspector Adrian Kinsella of the Garda National Protective Services Bureau told the court the accused made no reply when charged at a previous hearing.

He remains on bail with conditions of no contact with witnesses and must notify gardaí within 48 hours of any address change.

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