Two men allegedly assaulted each other at Midlands hotel in argument over girlfriend

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Two men allegedly assaulted each other at a hotel in the Midlands in an argument over a girlfriend.

At Thursday's sitting of Portlaoisr District Court, CJ Cullinane (28), Rathlogan, Johnstown, Kilkenny, was charged with assault causing harm; and Barry O’Hara (34), Carrigan Street, Durrow, Laois was charged with assault.

Sgt JJ Kirby gave evidence that on February 1, 2019, at the Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow, Laois there was a verbal argument between the two accused over a girlfriend.

Barry O’Hara allegedly received a number of punches to the face, while CJ Cullinane allegedly received a black eye.

Sgt Kirby handed in a medical report on Barry O’Hara which indicated he may have permanent numbness to the left cheek.

Judge Catherine Staines noted from the report that he sustained multiple fractures to the left cheek.

CJ Cullinane was represented by Mr Donncha Craddock, while Barry O’Hara was represented by Ms Louise Troy.

Statements orders were granted to defence barristers and both cases were adjourned.