Man Accused Of Attacking Influ...


Man Accused Of Attacking Influencer Applies For Bail

Tom Douglas
Tom Douglas

05:23 14 Mar 2023

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A man remanded in custody last month after he was accused of punching social media influencer and podcaster Charleen Murphy has applied for High Court bail.

27-year-old Craig O'Brien, has an address at Thomond Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin.

He was arrested and charged with assault causing harm to Charleen Murphy in the Grafton Capital Hotel, on Stephen Street Lower, on the night of February 10th, after she blocked him online.

The incident occurred after the influencer allegedly posted about her night out.

Craig O'Brien was refused bail at Dublin District Court the following day after gardai objected, citing the seriousness of the incident and flight risk fears.

He lodged a fresh bail bid in the High Court sitting in Cloverhill, and the matter was listed today, however, it was adjourned to be mentioned later this week to confirm witness availability and set a hearing date for his new bail application.

His hearing on February 11th heard Ms Murphy was socialising with a friend in the hotel when a man entered and "viciously attacked" and injured her, and that the man was "known to her and her friend through personal online abuse on various social media accounts".

The court heard he allegedly approached Ms Murphy from behind, and "punched her full force to the back of the head", and her head rebounded off the glass she was drinking from, resulting in a laceration of her face.

It was claimed she and her friend recognised him from "previous online abuse" and that afterwards, he sent her a voice message via social media saying, "How's the head?".

The court heard she went to St James's Hospital and had a two-inch laceration near her hairline and received stitches.

The assault charge can carry a maximum sentence of five years, and the accused has not yet indicated a plea.

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