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Ex-Dubs boss told player in assault trial 'to say sorry'

Jessica Magee

Published 07/02/2014 | 02:30

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Former Dublin manager Paul Caffrey. Photo: Courtpix
Former Dublin manager Paul Caffrey. Photo: Courtpix

FORMER Dublin manager Paul Caffrey told a former player of his it would be a "good idea" to apologise after an alleged assault that took place during a league match, a court has heard.

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Mr Caffrey, a garda, was giving evidence on the third day of the trial of former Dublin player Brendan McManamon (30), who is accused of breaking an off-duty garda's jaw on the pitch.

Mr McManamon, of Camden Street, Dublin 8, pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm to ex-Longford player Garda Enda Ledwith at Na Fianna GAA Club, St Mobhi Road, Glasnevin, on March 31, 2012.

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Gda Ledwith was playing for home team Na Fianna while the accused was with St Judes of Templeogue.

Gda Caffrey told prosecuting counsel Diarmaid Collins that he had selected Mr McManamon to play for Dublin during his time as manager.

Gda Caffrey was a spectator and did not see the incident.

He said he heard the whistle being blown and when he turned around he saw Mr Ledwith on his knees and Mr McManamon being sent off.

Gda Caffrey said he went down to Mr Ledwith as he looked in quite a distressed state, and saw that his jaw was misaligned.

He said he had a chat with Mr McManamon, who asked him if he could apologise.

When Gda Caffrey said, "You haven't done so?" and the accused man replied "no", Gda Caffrey told him it would be a "good idea" to go down to the ambulance.

Gda Caffrey agreed with defence counsel Breffni Gordon that he was affectionately known as "Pillar" Caffrey to do with his interest in caterpillars when he was a child.

He said Mr McManamon and his brother Kevin were from a "great, staunch GAA family".

"I would have played against their father Maxi many years ago," he said.

When asked if that decency percolated onto the pitch, Gda Caffrey described Brendan and Kevin as "both physical players".

The case continues before Judge Patricia Ryan and a jury of nine men and three women.

Irish Independent

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