Man charged following fatal assault

By Justine Dwyer

A 20-year-old man has been charged with assault causing harm following the death of Edmund Rice (54) in Tramore at the weekend.
Mr Rice, who originally hailed from Coleraine in Derry had been living in Ferrybank for a number of years.
He was discovered unconscious on the street at around 2.15am on Saturday after an alleged altercation outside a taxi rank took place on Lower Strand Street. He was taken to University Hospital Waterford for treatment, but was pronounced dead a short while later. A post mortem was carried out on Monday and Gardaí are currently awaiting the results.
Meanwhile, Niall Hewison, Suncrest, Clarinwood, Tramore was brought before a special sitting of Waterford District Court on Sunday and charged with assault causing harm.
Judge Gerard Furlong remanded the defendant on bail to appear before Waterford District Court on July 25th.
He was ordered to sign on three times a week at Tramore Garda Station, remain sober and surrender his passport to Gardaí. An application of free legal aid was granted.
Mr Rice is survived by his wife Anne and his children, Joanne, Fiona, Rachel and Kieran. His removal takes place today, June 27th from his place of residence, Bellefield, to the Sacred Heart Church in Ferrybank with Requiem Mass at 12 noon and burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

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