Assault charge is withdrawn but defendant faces two new charges

A man accused of assault causing harm to his mother, who died as a result of a fall months later, had the assault charge against him withdrawn by the DPP today.

Sgt Gearóid Davis said the DPP had directed that the assault causing harm charge would be withdrawn.

Detective Garda Maurice Leahy said two new charges were brought against the accused man, Christopher Ruby, arising out of the same date and place of the withdrawn charge.

The fresh charges were for endangerment and production of a petrol bomb in the course of an alleged incident. The first charge accuses him of making a petrol bomb thereby creating a risk of death or serious injury to others.

The second charge is a related count of allegedly producing a petrol bomb in the course of a dispute.

Det Garda Leahy said the accused made no reply to the charge when he was arrested and cautioned. There was no objection to the accused being remanded on the same bail conditions as pertained for the older charge, namely the count of causing criminal damage.

Judge Olann Kelleher adjourned the case to allow time for the preparation and service of a book of evidence. The case was put back until May 29 for that purpose.

Ruby was previously charged on December 21 last at Ard Na Greinne, Station Rd, Blarney, he caused criminal damage to the front door of a house.

Bail conditions require him to live at Knocknasuff, Blarney, sign three times a week at Gurranabraher Garda Station, and stay away from an address at Ard Na Greinne, Station Rd, Blarney.

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