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Northern Ireland man Edmund Rice dies following assault in Waterford - accused (21) bailed

By Claire Williamson and David Young

A man who died a day after being discovered unconscious in a Co Waterford street after an alleged assault was originally from Northern Ireland.

The victim, aged 54, was found on Lower Strand Street in Tramore after an altercation with another man at about 2.15am on Saturday outside a taxi rank.

The man has been named locally as Edmund Rice, who is originally from Coleraine. He had been living in Waterford for a number of years.

It's been reported that Mr Rice was a married man with adult children.

Gardai said the victim was rushed to University Hospital Waterford where he was pronounced dead in the early hours of Sunday.

A man was arrested at the scene and was detained at the local Garda station.

Niall Hewson (21), of the Clarinwood estate in Tramore, appeared before a special sitting of Waterford District Court yesterday where he was charged with assault causing harm to Mr Rice.

Mr Hewison was bailed with conditions attached.

Giving evidence of arrest, charge and caution in court yesterday, Det Sgt Shay Keevans told Judge Furlong that he formally arrested the accused at 10.57pm on Saturday and charged him six minutes later.

He offered no reply when charged. A bearded man, Mr Hewison wore a navy suit and blue shirt in court.

He was joined in the courthouse at Grace Dieu on the Tramore Road with a number of family numbers.

His solicitor Kenneth Cunningham was granted free legal aid.

Inspector Anthony Dineen said that there was no State objection to bail.

Judge Gerard Furlong told Mr Hewison that two normal conditions of bail were that he appear for all court appearances and be of good behaviour.

Other agreed conditions were that he reside in Clarinwood, sign on three times per week at Tramore, surrender his passport and not reapply for additional travel documents. He also undertook not to leave the jurisdiction and remain sober at all times in the €300 bail bond.

The State Pathologist's office has been notified and a post-mortem examination is due to take place.

Gardai appealed for witnesses to an altercation in the Lower Strand Street area of Tramore in the early hours of Saturday or for anyone who was in the area on that day to come forward.

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