Man charged over halting site assault

A 22-year-old man is in an induced coma at Cork University Hospital following a serious assault at the Williamstown Halting Site in Waterford in the early hours of Sunday morning.

As we went to press, Gardaí confirmed that another 22-year-old man would appear at a special sitting of Waterford District Court at 8.30pm on Monday in connection with the incident.

A number of units from Waterford Garda station were dispatched to the halting site at approximately 1.35am on Sunday, following reports of a disturbance.

Minutes after arriving at the scene, however, Gardaí received another call for assistance at the A&E of Waterford Regional Hospital. On arrival, they were informed that a 22-year-old male had been brought in with traumatic head injuries and a broken hand.

The injured man, who has an address at Kilbarry in Waterford, was subsequently transferred to Cork University Hospital. He was placed in an induced coma, with his condition described as critical.

As a result of enquiries carried out by Gardaí, one man was arrested in Portlaoise and another in Birr, County Offaly on Sunday afternoon and detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984. The pair, who are aged 20 and 22, were taken to Waterford Garda Station.

The 20-year-old was released with a file to be prepared for DPP, while the second man remained in custody at time of going to press.

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