Books of evidence served on men accused of assaulting Senator Brian O’Domhnaill

Books of evidence have been served on two men accused of assault causing harm to Senator Brian O’Domhnaill.

Garda Dermot Gallen told Dungloe District Court today that the books were served this morning..

One defendant lives in New York, the other outside London, but both were in court for the brief hearing.

Jim Sharkey, 43, with an address at Bayside, New York, and Cathal O’Donovan, 42, with an address at New Eltham, London, are accused of assaulting Senator O Domhnaill and causing him harm at Meenacuing, Gweedore, on August 22, 2010.

Judge Paul Kelly remanded them on continuing bail for trial to the next sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court on July 10.

He issued both with a warning that if an alibi was to form part of their defence they had 14 days to inform the prosecution. The district court is hearing public order charges against the two, more serious assault charges are being heard in the Cirt Court.

At an earlier hearing, Judge Kelly refused jurisdiction to have the assault charges heard in his District Court after the prosecution claimed that the alleged victim received eight stitches after he was kicked in the head.

Public order offences against the two were today adjourned for a District Court hearing in September 2013 after one defence solicitor, Frank Dorrian, said the more serious assault charges were not likely to be heard in the Circuit Court within a year.