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Monday 21 April 2014

Football star who attacked man to be sentenced later

Diarmuid Connolly outside court yesterday and, inset, victim Anthony Kelly

A DATE will be set this month for the sentencing of Dublin football star Diarmuid Connolly over an unprovoked attack in which a man suffered a fractured eye socket.

Connolly (25) had pleaded guilty earlier to assault causing harm to Anthony Kelly at McGowan's public house in Phibsboro, Dublin, in the early hours of August 6 last year.

An unreserved apology, which was accepted by Mr Kelly, had been issued by Connolly's lawyer last May during a hearing at Dublin District Court.

Mr Kelly also shook hands with Connolly following that hearing but had refused to accept compensation from him.

Instead, the footballer paid €5,000 to Barnardos children's charity and the Rape Crisis Centre.

Yesterday, Connolly appeared again at Dublin District Court before Judge Michael Walsh. He granted an adjournment to allow the case to be listed for the attention of Judge Patrick Clyne, who had heard the evidence earlier this year.

The court also heard yesterday that Mr Kelly wanted “to give victim impact evidence”.

Connolly will not have to attend a mention hearing on December 20. His solicitor, Michael Hanahoe, had earlier told the court that Connolly “apologises unreservedly to Mr Kelly”.

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