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Sunday 20 April 2014

Football match attack case thrown out due to delayed doctor’s report

THE case of a Dublin youth accused of attacking and injuring a teenage football player after a match has been struck out due to a delay in obtaining a medical report.

The 17-year-old had been charged earlier at the Children's Court with assault causing harm to a boy, in his mid-teens, who needed his jaw re-wired after he was allegedly attacked at a south Dublin football pitch, in May 2011.

A hearing was due to take place today to determine whether the case should stay in the juvenile court or go to the Circuit Court which has wider sentencing powers.

The youth turned up with his parents for the case which was the sixth time it was before the juvenile court.

Judge John O'Connor heard that gardaí had yet to obtain a medical report which was to be furnished to the youth's lawyers.

A garda had made several requests from the doctor to hand over the report, the judge heard.

Defence solicitor Gareth Noble said the alleged incident was 20 months ago, the case had been before the court on five prior occasions and he asked for the case to be struck out.

Judge O'Connor acceded to the defence lawyer's request.

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