Seán Heelan appeared at Cork District Court yesterday on the charge of assault causing harm to the pensioner on December 2, 2015. He is also charged with attempted robbery during the same alleged incident.
Inspector Eileen Foster confirmed that a book of evidence had been served on the accused man.
Judge Leo Malone acceded to a prosecution application to send the case forward for trial by judge and jury at the next sessions of Cork Circuit Criminal Court commencing on April 18.
The judge warned Heelan that certain notification would have to be given to the state in the event of an alibi defence being put forward.
Defence solicitor, Emmet Boyle, asked for free legal aid to be extended to cover a barrister at the circuit court.
Det Garda Gordon Crowley said previously: “It is alleged Seán Heelan carried out an unprovoked attack on a 79-year-old man, that the injured party was walking down to his car. He (the accused) began patting him down and the injured party attempted to flee.
“While at the service entrance (of a shopping centre) he punched him in the face knocking him over. He then got down on top of him and punched him in the face again. He got up and kicked him around the head area. The attack was captured on CCTV in its entirety. Witnesses also observed it.”
Heelan, 29, of Cork Simon and originally from Boherbue, is accused of assault causing harm to a man, 79, at St Paul’s Avenue, off Cornmarket Street, at 9.30pm on Tuesday, December 1, 2015.