Man pleads guilty to making a weapon during the Dublin attack

A man has pleaded guilty to making a weapon during an attack near Finglas Garda station more than two years ago.

Martin Cunningham (27) was charged with the attempted murder of Kenneth Fitzsimmons (41) on April 10, 2019 at Liam Mellows Road, Finglas, Dublin 11, but the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) was charged with attempt to murder on Thursday agreed to release when Cunningham pleaded guilty to causing harm and producing a weapon, “capable of causing grievous hurt”.

Mr Cunningham is an apprentice film studio electrician from Warrenstown Drive, Mulhuddart, Dublin 1

A jury was sworn in to hear Cunningham’s trial, but Ms Justice Eileen Creedon told him her service was no longer needed.

The jury was previously told that the attack took place “very close” to Finglas Garda station and that Cunningham is a trainee electrician who works at Ardmore Studios in Co Wicklow.

Ms. Justice Creedon ordered a probation report and victim impact statement and put the case back for a sentencing hearing on January 31. Desmond Dockery SC for the DPP said that a “knoll prosequity” would be filed on that date to formally drop the charge of attempt to murder.

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