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Midlands Teenager Charged In Connection With Fatal Assault Appears In Court Again

Paul 'Babs' Connolly was attacked while attending a stag party in Athlone in August.

One of the men charged in relation with the fatal assault of Paul 'Babs' Connolly has appeared in court again today

48-year-old Mr. Connolly, from Edenderry, Co. Offaly, was seriously injured on Church Street, Athlone in the early hours of Saturday 13th August and later died in hospital.

He had been attending a stag party at the time.

18-year-old David Higgins, with an address at St. Paul's Terrace, Athlone, was previously charged with assault causing harm to the deceased and engaging in violent disorder. 

He was granted €5,000 bail and ordered to appear before Athlone District Court today for directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions to be obtained.

However, Gardaí today asked Judge Bernadette Owens for the case to be further adjourned until Wednesday 23rd November for the DPP's directions.

When granted bail previously, Mr. Higgins was warned to obey “stringent” conditions - that is, sign on daily at his local garda station, obey a 10pm-6am curfew, have no contact with witnesses, surrender his passport and travel documents and not apply for new ones, reside at his current address, and remain contactable by mobile phone.

Mr. Higgins' co-accused, 35 year old Sean Munnelly, of Irishtown, Athlone, was previously refused bail, as he was deemed by gardaí to be a flight risk.

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