Three people were sent forward for trial at Mullingar District Court on March 22 for the mansalughter of Carrick-on-Shannon man Andrew Dolan last December.
The 20-year-old biomedical science student, son of well known hoteliers Joe and Rosie Dolan of The Bush Hotel, died on New Year’s Day at Beaumont Hospital following an assault at Pearse St, Mullingar on 23 December.
Jessica Hughes, 19, of Greenfield Heights, Rathwire, Killucan, Co Westmeath, Patrick Farrell, 20 of Cornamuckla, Broadford, Co Kildare and Patrick Daly, 22 of Mulphedder, Clonard, Co Meath were served with books of evidence at Mullingar District Court on March 22.
Judge Seamus Hughes refused applications by Ms Hughes and Mr Daly for legal aid, noting that both have in the region of €3,000 in savings.
Mr Daly was home from Australia on holidays at the time of the incident and told Mullingar District Court that his job is still open for him in Australia.
Judge Hughes said both Mr Daly and Ms Hughes are single with limited outgoings, have savings and the prospect of work and can pay their immediate legal bills.
He suggested further applications for legal aid and for junior and senior counsel be made at the Circuit Court and advised that his decision is reviewable.
Judge Hughes advised each of the defendants that they have 14 days to advise the state of any alibi they may wish to use.
They were remanded on continuing bail to appear before Mullingar Circuit Court sitting in Tullamore on May 8.
Mr Daly is also charged with assaulting another man on 23 December, causing him harm and Mr Farrell is charged with common assault on a third man, on the same dateat Pearse St, Mullingar.
Those charges have also been adjourned, Mr Daly’s to the Circuit Court on May 8 and Mr Farrell’s to Mullingar District Court on June 22.