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Football fan left teen rival unconscious following League of Ireland match

Jessica Magee

Published 16/01/2014 | 07:36

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A Shelbourne football fan is to be sentenced later after he punched and kicked a 16-year old Cork City fan causing serious head injuries during a post-match brawl.

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Peter Mullen (21) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting Daniel Hegarty and causing him harm at Drumcondra Road Lower on May 14, 2011.

Mullen, of Tolka Road, Ballybough, Dublin, was 18 at the time of the assault. He has no previous convictions.

Mr Hegarty had travelled from his home in Cork with his brother and some friends to go to a match between Cork City and Shelbourne FC at Tolka Park.

He was knocked unconscious during the brawl and when he woke up in hospital a few days later, he couldn't remember anything about it. In a victim impact report presented in court, his family say he has had difficulty remembering things since.

Detective Garda Fergal Flynn told Lisa Dempsey BL, prosecuting, that gardai found a large group of youths fighting across from Fagan's Pub in Drumcondra at about 10pm.

BLEEDING

Mr Hegarty was lying unconscious on his back beside a bus being treated by ambulance staff. He had substantial head and facial injuries and his right eye was swollen shut.

His reading on the Glasgow coma scale was measured at 3, which indicates deep unconsciousness and is the lowest possible reading.

He was taken to the Mater Hospital where a brain scan showed internal bleeding. When he regained consciousness after a few days he got severe headaches.

Mullen was arrested in September 2011 and told gardai he had hit Mr Hegarty three times in the face and kicked him once.

He said Mr Hegarty had thrown the first punch at him.

Luigi Rea BL, defending, said Mullen has a very good work record and has FETAC awards and qualifications in security, manual handling, forklift driving and warehousing. An employer's reference described him as an excellent worker.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring took account of Mullen's cooperation with gardai and his low risk of reoffending.

She said it was a serious offence that could have left the victim permanently disabled if not worse. She adjourned the matter for sentencing on May 15.

Irish Independent

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