A 22-YEAR-old Tramore man has pleaded guilty to two charges at Waterford Circuit Court in relation to an incident which left a father of four dead in June 2017.
Niall Hewison, with an address at Clarinwood, Tramore, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm and endangerment after a jury was selected ahead of a potential trial.
The defendant, who had previously been charged with manslaughter, was arraigned on a new charge of endangerment and accepted intentionally engaging in conduct which created a substantial risk of death or serious harm to 54-year-old Edmund Rice at Lower Strand Street in the coastal town on June 24, 2017.
Defence Barrister Phillip Sheahan asked Judge Eugene O’Kelly to direct the preparation of a probation report and stated that its findings on the likelihood of his client, who had no previous convictions, reoffending could be of benefit to the court ahead of sentencing later this year.
Hewison was remanded on continuing bail, with no objection from the prosecution, until October 8 when a formal date for sentencing will be set.