Four face trial over Portlaoise assault

Four men with addresses in Dublin were sent forward for trial at the current sitting of Portlaoise Circuit Court following a violent assault in Highfield Meadows, Portlaoise in July, 2010.

Four men with addresses in Dublin were sent forward for trial at the current sitting of Portlaoise Circuit Court following a violent assault in Highfield Meadows, Portlaoise in July, 2010.

Before the court were: Patrick O’Donoghue, 26 Sundale Avenue, Tallaght; Christopher Quilligan, 72 Sundale Close, Tallaght; Patrick Quilligan, 9 Cloonmore Park, Tallaght and Daniel Reilly, 9 Cloonmore Park, Tallaght.

All four were charged with violent disorder, criminal damage and two charges of assault casuing harm at 43 Highfield Meadows, Portlaoise on July 30, 2010.

The four men, who are on bail, are required to sign on at Tallaght Garda Station three times a week and to give 48 hours notice of any change of address to the Detective branch at Portlaoise.

Bob Egar, solicitor for Daniel Reilly, who was in custody requested two counsel for the circuit court sitting.

He said there was an issue of identity and forensic evidence which would require a more detailed examination of the Book of Evidence, which was served at last Thursday’s sitting of Portlaoise District Court.

He also requested that Judge Catherine Staines recommend that Reilly, who is currently detained in St Pats, be transferred to Cloverhill Prison, where he had a number of family relatives including his father.

After consulting with prosecuting garda, Brian Kennedy, Judge Staines made an order allowing Reilly to have one Junior Counsel and one Senior Counsel at the circuit court sitting.

She also recommended that he be detained in Cloverhill.

After their District Court sitting the four men appeared on the same day before Justice Rory McCabe in the Circuit Court which was also sitting in Portlaoise. The case was put back until May this year.